Forget the Alamo

Forget the Alamo provocatively explains the true story of the battle against the backdrop of Texas's struggle for independence, then shows how the sausage of myth got made in the Jim Crow South of the late nineteenth and early twentieth ...

Forget the Alamo

Forget the Alamo

Three noted Texan writers combine forces to tell the real story of the Alamo, dispelling the myths, exploring why they had their day for so long, and explaining why the ugly fight about its meaning is now coming to a head. Every nation needs its creation myth, and since Texas was a nation before it was a state, it's no surprise that its myths bite deep. There's no piece of history more important to Texans than the Battle of the Alamo, when Davy Crockett and a band of rebels went down in a blaze of glory fighting for independence from Mexico, losing the battle but setting Texas up to win the war. However, that version of events, as Forget the Alamo definitively shows, owes more to fantasy than reality. Just as the site of the Alamo was left in ruins for decades, its story was forgotten and twisted over time, with the contributions of Tejanos--Texans of Mexican origin, who fought alongside the Anglo rebels--scrubbed from the record, and the origin of the conflict over Mexico's push to abolish slavery papered over. Forget the Alamo provocatively explains the true story of the battle against the backdrop of Texas's struggle for independence, then shows how the sausage of myth got made in the Jim Crow South of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. As uncomfortable as it may be to hear, celebrating the Alamo has long had an echo of celebrating whiteness. In the past forty-some years, waves of revisionists have come at this topic, and at times have made real progress toward a more nuanced and inclusive story that doesn't alienate anyone. But we are not living in one of those times; the fight over the Alamo's meaning has become more pitched than ever in the past few years, even violent, as Texas's future begins to look more and more different from its past. It's the perfect time for a wise and generous-spirited book that shines the bright light of the truth into a place that's gotten awfully dark.

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Forget the Alamo
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, Jason Stanford
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-06-08 - Publisher: Penguin

Three noted Texan writers combine forces to tell the real story of the Alamo, dispelling the myths, exploring why they had their day for so long, and explaining why the ugly fight about its meaning is now coming to a head. Every nation needs its creation myth, and since Texas
Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory
Language: en
Pages: 206
Authors: Emma Pérez
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-09-15 - Publisher: University of Texas Press

This literary adventure takes place in nineteenth-century Texas and follows the story of a Tejana lesbian cowgirl after the fall of the Alamo. Micaela Campos, the central character, witnesses the violence against Mexicans, African Americans, and indigenous peoples after the infamous battles of the Alamo and of San Jacinto, both
Forget the Alamo!
Language: en
Pages: 220
Authors: Drew McGunn
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-11-16 - Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

After the explosion, Will didn't expect to wake up again, especially in the past. Alive is good. Except he finds himself at the Alamo in 1836 in the body of another man doomed to die. If history repeats itself, Santa Anna is coming soon and the Alamo will fall, along
Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Emma Pérez
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-01-01 - Publisher: University of Texas Press

This literary adventure takes place in nineteenth-century Texas and follows the story of a Tejana lesbian cowgirl after the fall of the Alamo. Micaela Campos, the central character, witnesses the violence against Mexicans, African Americans, and indigenous peoples after the infamous battles of the Alamo and of San Jacinto, both
Forget the Alamo
Language: en
Pages: 327
Authors: Wallace O. Chariton
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1990-12 - Publisher: Republic of Texas Press

Looks at what might have happened if William B. Travis had chosen a smaller, more defensible mission to make a stand against Santa Anna's army

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