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why would the southern states of the united states want statehood for texas?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    As a slave state it would provide extra legislative/congressional support for the South... As an independent republic it was annexed in a treaty instead of a resolution which resulted in it having the right to succeed - which the other southern states would cite as a right even theough enumerated powers aren't exactly clear on this...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Texas is below the Mason-Dixon line. This is a geographic line, above which new states admitted to the union would make slavery illegal. Below this line, slavery would be legal in new states. The more states you had "on your side", the more representatives you had in the Congress, meaning the greater your chance of winning the slavery versus abolition debate.

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  • tuffy
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    They thought it would come in as a slave state.

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  • 1 decade ago

    One more slave state

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