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By Patricia Smith Prather

This is the tale of the “other” Houston, Joshua, the slave of Margaret Lea till she married Sam Houston and moved to Texas in 1840. Joshua used to be exact between slaves: he was once taught to learn and write, and used to be allowed to maintain cash he earned. the tale is decided in a historical past of historic information about southern social background ahead of, in the course of, and after the Civil War.

Sources contain slave autobiographies and biographies; Houston family members letters; oral histories of descendants of either Houston households; start, marriage and loss of life files; land files and deeds; church and college records.

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