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    Constitution of the State of Texas as Amended in 1861. The Constitution of the Confederate States of America. The Ordinances of the Texas Convention: and An Address to the People of Texas. Printed by Order of the Convention and the Senate. Austin: John Marshall, State Printer, 1861. Paper wrappers with contemporary sewn binding; 80pp. 8vo. Following ratification of secession from the Union on February 23, 1861, the Secession Convention reconvened. Delegates were dedicated to overseeing the transition of Texas as it left union with the United States and joined the Confederate States of America. In this effort, they relied heavily on the United States Constitution, making a few distinct changes to the text to suit the circumstances. Slavery and states' rights were more directly defended. A clause providing for emancipation of slaves was eliminated, and the freeing of slaves was declared illegal. All current state officials were required to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy, and all existing laws not in conflict with the constitutions of Texas or the Confederate States were declared valid.

    The Texas Constitution was a conservative document designed partly to allay public fear of the more radical of the secessionists, and partly to ease the transition of Texas into the Confederacy. It was as remarkable for what it did not do as for what it did. It did not substantially change any important law, it did not take an extreme position on the issue of states' rights, nor did it legalize the resumption of the African slave trade, a move advocated by some leaders of the secession movement. Near fine. Moderate age toning throughout. First and last pages are lightly foxed, soiled, and worn. Pages 40-80 show light damp-staining.

    Reference:
    Winkler 1641. Crandall 2150. W-F 189. P-W 4147 (31 copies; seven in Texas). Broadfoot (5th ed., 2000) at 1000.


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