"Mexico in His Head": Slavery and the Texas-Mexico Border, 1810-1860

  title={"Mexico in His Head": Slavery and the Texas-Mexico Border, 1810-1860},
  author={Sean M. Kelley},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={709 - 723}
  • S. Kelley
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • History, Political Science
  • Journal of Social History
The continual redrawing of the boundaries between the United States, Texas, and Mexico in the nineteenth century prompted slaves to view the border as a symbol of liberation. When the border was first fixed by treaty in 1819, enslaved Texans attached no particular significance to it because slavery was legal in both the United States and Spanish Texas. Slaves only began to associate the Mexican state with freedom in the 1820s, when national and state governments adopted a series of antislavery… 

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