Getting Out of Grover's Tub

Chapter 17: Debtors' Prisons

What about debtors’ prisons here in Texas? Actually, debtors’ prisons have a long history here—and now, they are back.

Following the Texas revolution in 1836, the new Republic of Texas advertised in east coast papers to lure debtors here. As a new nation, on the frontier with Mexico, Sam Houston and others feared that Santa Ana might return, so young Texas did everything possible to lure debtors here—to settle, thrive and defend Texas.. .

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