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"Strike out the term white, and what will be the result? Hordes of Mexican Indians may come in here from the West and may be more formidable than the enemy you have vanquished. Silently they will come moving in; they will come back in thousands to Bexar, in thousands to Goliad, perhaps to Nacogdoches, and what will be the consequence? Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty thousand may come in here and vanquish you at the ballot box though you are invincible in arms . . . "Talk not to me of democracy which brings the mean, grovelling yellow race of Mexico . . . upon an equality of rights and privileges with the freeborn races of Europe. The God of nature has made them inferior; he has made the African and the red man inferior to the white." -Source: Remarks from the Texas Constitutional Convention, as printed in Distant Horizon: Documents from the Nineteenth-Century American West (2000), 1845 The excerpt would be most useful to historians as a source of information about which of the

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  • Based on the information given, the ideas in the excerpt were directly motivated by the concerns about the legal status of non-white people on acquired territory.

    From the information given, in the excerpt, it was stated that Hordes of Mexican Indians may come in here from the West and may be more formidable than the enemy that has vanquished if the term white is struck from Americans.

    This was motivated as a result of the concerns about the legal status of non-white people on an acquired territory. The excerpt was that blacks in the country were inferior and giving them equal rights may not be the appropriate thing to do.

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