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A line in the sand : the Alamo in blood and memory

Randy Roberts, James S. Olson

(A Touchstone book)

Simon & Schuster, 2002

  • : pbk

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ISBN 9780684835440

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San Antonio Texas, 1836. A Mexican army led by Santa Anna attacks a small fort called the Alamo. Disputes still rage over what exactly happened and why. In a combination of historic and cultural analysis, historians Randy Roberts and James S. Olson blend a narrative of the battle, told from both an Anglo and Mexican perspective. They draw from a wide range of sources, including documents from Mexican military archives and pages from the famous diary of Jose Enrique de la Pena. The events of the Alamo pose a few questions: Did Davy Crockett really die a hero, or did he surrender before a summary execution? And why have Americans built a shrine for an event that lasted just 90 minutes, and inflated it into one of the country's biggest tourist attractions? A full explanation of the San Antonio encounter requires a peeling back of many layers. Roberts and Olson retell the story of a great American myth, and show how and why it endures.

Table of Contents

  • In the footsteps of history
  • "The Free Born Sons of America"
  • "The Bones of Warriors"
  • "Those Proud Tow'rs"
  • "Victory or Death"
  • in search of Davy's grave
  • retrieving the bones of history
  • king of the wild frontier
  • only heroes, only men
  • de la Pe a's revenge
  • the third battle of the Alamo.
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: pbk ISBN 9780743212335

Description

San Antonio, Texas, 1836. A Mexican army led by Santa Anna attacks a small fort called the Alamo. Disputes still rage over exactly what happended, why it happened, and how it should be remembered. Indeed, the battles fought over the memory of the Alamo have been almost as fierce as their subject. In a riveting combination of history and cultural analysis, historians Randy Roberts and James N. Olson blend a rich narrative of the battle, told from the perspectives of both the Anglo and Mexican troops, drawing from a wide range of sources, including newly released documents from Mexican military archives and just-discovered pages of the famous de la Pena diary. Still controversial after all these years, the events at the Alamo pose some fascinating questions: Did Crockett really die a hero, or did he surrender before a summary execution? And why have Americans built a shrine for an event that lasted no more than ninety minutes, and inflated it into one of the country's biggest tourist attractions? A full explanation of the San Antonio encounter requires a peeling back of many layers. With powerful writing, Roberts and Olson retell the story of a great American myth, and show how and why it endures. This original volume is sure to change the way readers remember the Alamo.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface Map Prologue In the Footsteps of History "The Free Born Sons of America" "The Bones of Warriors" "Those Proud Tow'rs" "VICTORY or DEATH" INTERLUDE In Search of Davy's Grave Retrieving the Bones of History King of the Wild Frontier Only Heroes, Only Men De la Pena's Revenge The Third Battle of the Alamo Epilogue Notes Bibliographic Essay Index

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