Texas Secession: Arguments For and Against

Make an argument either for or against Texas secession, taking into account what you believe is in the best interest of the state at the time of secession.

Texas was the seventh state to secede, and the last to secede before the firing at Fort Sumter signaled the start of the Civil War. South Carolina led the charge in December of 1860, right after the election of Abraham Lincoln. The people of Texas had differing views on whether Texas should secede or not, particularly in light of the many recent transformations Texas had gone through, beginning with Independence from Mexico, becoming its own Republic, and then being Annexed by the United States. Though Texas would secede, there were many opponents to this move, including Sam Houston. Make sure you use evidence from the readings to support your argument.