February 1, 1861

On February 1, 1861, Texas voted to secede from the Union. They’d only been a state for 15 years and weren’t altogether sure which other states they should emulate. When Washington, DC asked them why they wanted to secede, Texas said, “Well, Alabama and Louisiana did it. They also said if I joined their new club, I’d be allowed to own slaves and use them as really cheap, and I mean CHEAP labor and it’d give my poor whites and Mexicans someone to look down on.” Washington said, “But that’s wrong,” and Texas replied, “What part of cheap didn’t you understand?”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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