Today in History–June 23–the Library of Congress features the vote for annexation of Texas by the United States on this date in 1845. Texas had tried for statehood back in 1836 after gaining independence from Mexico but the U.S. Congress was unwilling to admit another state that permitted slavery. But by December 29, 1845, Texas became the twenty-eighth state in the Union. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary resources about the Texas path to statehood.
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“The Re-Annexation of Texas, in its Influence on the Duration of Slavery” The United States Democratic Review Volume 15, Issue 73 July 1844
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