My novel has morphed into something that I did not expect.
I have come to the realization that if I want meaty depth to GTT, I have to add the slavery issue. (How many of you knew Mexican Texas had her own version of the Underground Railroad? It went south across the Rio Grande River.) Due to continued political turmoil, first with Spain then Mexico, much of the land was neglected and unsettled. In the 1820’s when the Anglos were allowed to immigrate to Texas they brought their slaves with them to help cultivate the land. Within a short time after Mexico gained independence from Spain, they outlawed slavery yet Texas was allowed to maintain this institution because of sheer economics.
Ok. I can do this. I’ll give Mel the job of an abolitionist. Her home can be a station on the Underground Railroad.
Human bondage is a horrific institution. Mexico outlawed slavery yet she wanted Texas profitable. Citizens from south of the Rio Grande refused to emigrate north so Mexico had to look elsewhere for people to cultivate this empty land, hence Anglo immigration. A clash of ethics ensued because there was no way the minimal Anglo population could help Mexico make Texas the economically profitable province that Mexico wanted without slave labor. I would say the government was caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place.
For those of you who want to read more on Texas Slavery, there’s a great website called the Texas Slavery Project that I highly recommend. The Texas Slavery Project examines the spread of American slavery into the borderlands between the United States and Mexico in the decades between 1820 and 1850.