Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A fun story about Sam Houston.

I was reading a discussion about whether slaves ever fled to Mexico (answer: they did) and somebody said this about Sam Houston:
When two of Senator Sam Houston's "best slaves" fled to Mexico, he said that they would "civilize and refine" the Mexicans, since they were "remarkably good" companions.
Note, of course, Mexico had abolished slavery and yet they were considered less civilized and refined.

In case you cannot tell, I've been on a Civil War/Slavery kick recently because of the apparent rise of "Lost Cause" apologists and neo-Confederates in popular discourse, especially among Libertarians.

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