By Randy Roberts
In that short, complicated, and lethal come across, considered one of America's such a lot powerful symbols was once born. the tale of the final stand on the Alamo grew from a Texas rallying cry, to a countrywide slogan, to a phenomenon of pop culture and presidential politics. but it's been a hotly contested image from the 1st. Questions stay approximately what fairly occurred: Did William Travis fairly draw a line within the sand? Did Davy Crockett die scuffling with, surrounded through the our bodies of 2 dozen of the enemy? And what of the contributors' explanations and reasons? have been the Texans justified of their uprising? have been they honest patriots creating a final stand for freedom and liberty, or have been they a ragtag selection of grasping men-on-the-make, washed-up politicians, and backwoods bullies, american citizens bent on extending American slavery right into a international land?
the entire tale of the Alamo -- from the weeks and months that led as much as the fateful stumble upon to the films and speeches that proceed to recollect it this day -- is a fundamental tale of America's previous and a desirable window into our collective reminiscence. In A Line within the Sand, acclaimed historians Randy Roberts and James Olson use a wealth of archival resources, together with the diary of José Enrique de los angeles Peña, besides vital and little-used Mexican files, to retell the tale of the Alamo for a brand new iteration of usa citizens. They clarify what occurred from the viewpoint of all events, not only Anglo and Mexican infantrymen, but in addition Tejano allies and bystanders. They delve anew into the mysteries of Crockett's ultimate hours and Travis's recognized rhetoric. eventually, they exhibit how preservationists, tv and film manufacturers, historians, and politicians became the Alamo's significant interpreters. Walt Disney, John Wayne, and rankings of reporters and cultural critics have used the Alamo to contest the very that means of the United States, and thereby helped us all to "remember the Alamo."
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