It is short and well-suited for use as a primary source since the language is easily understandable. This can help students feel good about reading a “real speech”.
The Republic of Texas lasted just under a decade from 1836-1845.
This speech was given just after the victory by Houston’s troops in the battle at San Jacinto.
Tensions were still high and the future of the newly independent nation was uncertain.
For more on this era check out our US History PowerPoints Expansion and Reform: 1829-1860 and Causes of the Civil War; as well as classroom simulation games American Economy 1823-1860, Famous Inventors Game, and Famous Presidents Game, Part 1: Washington to Garfield.