A Line in the Sand

A Line in the Sand

The Alamo in Blood and Memory

Book - 2001
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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.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2001
ISBN: 9780684835440
Branch Call Number: 976.4 Roberts
976.4 Roberts
Characteristics: ix, 356 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Olson, James Stuart 1946-


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