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(Editor’s note: this essay was originally published on Facebook on Texas Independence Day, and has been revised and adapted for this space.)

On February 28, 1836, Texas settlers were revolting against Mexico. For the past five months, skirmishes and battles had taken place throughout Texas. 185 men, give or take, led by William B. Travis and James Bowie were holed up in the Alamo in San Antonio and under siege by the Mexican Army. Forty-one delegates arrived at Washington-on-the-Brazos (near present-day Brenham) for a convention to discuss Texas’ independence.

On March 1, the convention came to order and a committee was appointed to draft a Declaration of Independence. The U.S. Declaration of Independence had been a laborious effort. The Continental Congress has been in session for months and debated the details of the declaration throughout May and June of 1776, finally appointing a drafting committee on June 11. Thomas Jefferson wrote a draft over several weeks and drafts were reviewed, edited, and edited some more. In Texas, it was a different story. The convention opened on March 1 and appointed a committee, which produced a declaration of independence literally overnight. George Childress, leader of the drafting committee, may have arrived at the convention with a pre-written draft, to make this speed possible.

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