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This Day in Texas History: Lynching Intensifies Clinton Area Feud

This Day in Texas History: Lynching Intensifies Clinton Area Feud June 20, 1874 On this day in 1874, R. P. “Scrap” Taylor and two others were lynched at Clinton, Texas. The incident was part of the notorious Sutton-Taylor feud, which grew out of violent Reconstruction-era politics. The Suttons were allied with the Reconstruction authorities, particularly…
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This Day in Texas History: Radical Republican Involved in Massacre

This Day in Texas History: Radical Republican Involved in Massacre May 04, 1886 On this day in 1886, Albert Richard Parsons, a labor organizer from Texas, was implicated in the infamous Chicago Haymarket Massacre. The brother of Confederate colonel William Henry Parsons, Albert served in Parsons’s Brigade, a unit of Texas cavalry commanded by his…
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This Day in Texas History: Governor Edmund Davis Imposes Martial Law in Walker County

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Governor Edmund Davis Imposes Martial Law in Walker County February 20, 1871 On this day in 1871, martial law was declared in Walker County. Lawlessness was widespread during Reconstruction, and Republican efforts often seemed to exacerbate the problem. The so-called Walker County Rebellion, which led to the…
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This Day in Texas History: Texas Adopts Constitution

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Texas Adopts Constitution February 15, 1876 On this day in 1876, citizens of Texas adopted the Constitution of 1876. They ratified it by a vote of 136,606 to 56,652. The document is the sixth constitution by which Texas has been governed since declaring independence from…
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