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The Good, The Bad, & The Compromise of 1850

The following list includes primary and secondary sources in regards to how the Compromise of 1850 impacted Texas.

Mark Stegmaier: Texas, New Mexico, and the Compromise of 1850

"Traditionally this subject [The Compromise of 1850] has been treated primarily as a function of three major issues: California statehood, the status of slavery in national territories, and the fugitive slave law. The following work, however, departs from traditional scholarship by stressing the role of the Texas­New Mexico boundary dispute, an issue hitherto vastly underrated in significance."

Stegmaier, Mark Joseph. Texas, New Mexico, and the Compromise of 1850 : Boundary Dispute & Sectional Crisis. Kent State University Press, 1996.

Speech of Mr. Rusk, of Texas

"I have investigated this subject of title frequently during the last two or three years, because it has been a matter of great importance to the State which I in part represent."

Rusk, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson). Speech of Mr. Rusk, of Texas, in reply to Mr. Benton, in reply to the boundaries of the state of Texas : delivered in the Senate of the United ... Washington [D.C.], 1850. 15pp.

Speech of Sam Houston, of Texas

"I feel that it is my duty to offer my views in a respectful, frank, and candid manner, as the Representative of that state whose interests are involved in the resolutions offered.."

HOUSTON, SAM. SPEECH OF HON. SAM HOUSTON, OF TEXAS, ON THE SUBJECT OF COMPROMISE: in the Senate of the ... United States, February 8, 1850 (Classic Reprint).

De Fontaine: History of American Abolitionism

"On the 8th of May, 1850, this committee reported a series of measures, differing but inconsiderably from the original resolutions of Mr. Clay. These were: -
3. The establishment of the western and northern boundary of Texas, and the exclusion from her jurisdiction of all New Mexico, with the grant to Texas of a pecuniary equivalent."

De Fontaine, F. G. (Felix Gregory). History of American abolitionism : its four great epochs, embracing narratives of the ordinance of 1787, compromise of 1820, annexation of Texas, ... New York, 1861. 67pp.

Griswold del Castillo: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

"The aim of this book is to provide an overview that can make more understandable some of the complex historical and legal issues surrounding the U.S.-Mexico relations and, at the same time, evaluate the way that the treaty has influenced the domestic history of the United States."

Castillo, Richard Griswold del. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: a Legacy of Conflict. University of Oklahoma Press, 1990.

"With the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, which formally ended the Mexican-American War, the United States assumed control over vast new territories, including much of what is now the state of New Mexico."

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Definition and List of Community Land Grants in New Mexico. Exposure draft. Washington, D.C: U.S. General Accounting Office, 2001. Print.