"Short sections of chapters 2 and 3 appeared previously in Stephen F. Austin's views on slavery in early Texas, in This corner of Canaan : essays on Texas in honor of Randolph B. Campbell, edited by Richard McCaslin, Donald Chipman, and Andrew J. Torget (Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2013)."--Publisher's description.
Introduction. Cotton, slavery, and empire -- In the shadow of cotton -- The Texas borderlands on the eve of Mexican independence -- Bringing Mississippi to Mexico -- American migration to Mexico, 1821-1825 -- The politics of slavery in northeastern Mexico, 1826-1829 -- Cotton, slavery, and the secession of Texas, 1829-1836 -- Cotton nation and slaveholders' republic -- Creating a cotton nation, 1836-1841 -- The failure of the slaveholders' republic, 1842-1845 -- Epilogue. Migrations and transformations -- Appendix 1. The Texas slavery project -- Appendix 2. Cotton prices and trade
"Seeds of Empire tells the remarkable story of how the cotton revolution of the early nineteenth century transformed northeastern Mexico into the western edge of the United States, and how the rise and spectacular collapse of the Republic of Texas as a nation built on cotton and slavery proved to be a blueprint for the Confederacy of the 1860s" ... From Dust Jacket.