Why Did Texas Fight?

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Sam Houston didn’t want to secede from the union. “In his mind, there was no way the south could win” (Why Did Texans Fight). Yet, Texas seceded from the Union on March 2, 1861, becoming the seventh state to join the confederacy. But, “Huston refused to take an oath of loyalty to the new Confederacy and was forced to resign” (Why Did Texans Fight). Texans fought in the, soon to be very bloody, Civil War to protect their states’ rights, for their love of Texas, and to preserve slavery. To begin with, Texans fought in the Civil War to protect their states’ rights. O.M. Roberts suggests that, “The true theory of our (national) government as an association of sovereignties, and not a blended mass of people in one social compact” (Document C).
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