Texas Wins Independence From Mexico
Texas wins independence from Mexico and legalizes slavery. Free blacks and mulattos are forbidden from entering the state.
States Request Suppression of Abolition
Virginia, Georgia, and Alabama request that other states suppress abolitionist activities.
U.S. House of Representatives adopts a Gag Rule
Faced with a deluge of abolitionist petitions, the U.S. House of Representatives adopts a Gag Rule by which abolitionist materials are automatically tabled. The rule is renewed numerous times.