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The Alamo


The Alamo
The Alamo is today a museum in San Antonio, Texas. It was originally built as a mission (for education and conversion to Christianity of the Native American population) by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century. It was later abandoned as a mission, and instead used as a fortress in the 19th century, and it is for the latter use that it is most famous.

The Alamo was the scene of several military actions, most notably the Battle of the Alamo in 1836 during the Texas Revolution (which led to Texas' independence from Mexico. In this battle, Texian forces were beseiged in the Alamo by the army of the Republic of Mexico. After a 13 day seige, the Alamo fell with the death of nearly all the Texian defenders (who included Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett).

Although the Texians lost the Battle of the Alamo, they were successful in delaying the Mexican advance. Just over one month later, the Mexican Army was defeated at the Battle of San Jacinto at La Porte by a Texian Army led by Sam Houston, who used the famous battle cry, "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!"


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The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation

By James Donovan

Back Bay Books
Released: 2013-05-07
Paperback (528 pages)

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A sweeping, action-packed saga of the legendary last stand at the Alamo, by the author of the bestselling A Terrible Glory.

On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican army led by dictator Santa Anna reached San Antonio and laid siege to about 175 Texas rebels holed up in the Alamo. The Texans refused to surrender for nearly two weeks until almost 2,000 Mexican troops unleashed a final assault. The defenders fought valiantly-for their lives and for a free and independent Texas-but in the end, they were all slaughtered. Their ultimate sacrifice inspired the rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" and eventual triumph.

Exhaustively researched, and drawing upon fresh primary sources in U.S. and Mexican archives, THE BLOOD OF HEROES is the definitive account of this epic battle. Populated by larger-than-life characters--including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William Barret Travis--this is a stirring story of audacity, valor, and redemption.

What Was the Alamo?

By Pam Pollack & Who HQ

Grosset Dunlap
Released: 2013-10-03
Paperback (112 pages)

What Was the Alamo?
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"Remember the Alamo!" is still a rallying cry more than 175 years after the siege in Texas, where a small band of men held off about two thousand soldiers of the Mexican Army for twelve days. The Alamo was a crucial turning point in the Texas Revolution, and led to the creation of the Republic of Texas. With 80 black-and-white illustrations throughout and a sixteen-page black-and-white photo insert, young readers will relive this famous moment in Texas history.

The Alamo: An Illustrated History

By Edwin P. Hoyt

Brand: Taylor Trade Publishing
Paperback (208 pages)

The Alamo: An Illustrated History
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Master historian Edwin P. Hoyt depicts with graphic and gripping detail the conflict between revolutionary Texas and the Mexican government determined to rule. In the first paperback edition of a highly acclaimed history, Hoyt describes the well-known historical facts of the revolution, the pivotal siege of the Alamo, and the decisive aftermath, and fills them with new life. By merging a multitude of authoritative accounts of this turbulent period and the bloody clashes that shaped it, Hoyt paints a dynamic portrait of Texas rebels and Mexican authorities locked in a struggle over the fate of an untamed land.
Fully illustrated with more than 120 black and white and full color images, The Alamo reveals the entire spectrum of Texas's determined bid for independence. Read of the triumph, passion, and tragedy of the valiant yet doomed defenders of the old Spanish mission.

Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett's Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution (New Narratives in American History)

By James E. Crisp

Oxford University Press
Paperback (228 pages)

Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett s Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution (New Narratives in American History)
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In Sleuthing the Alamo, historian James E. Crisp draws back the curtain on years of mythmaking to reveal some surprising truths about the Texas Revolution--truths often obscured by both racism and "political correctness," as history has been hijacked by combatants in the culture wars of the past two centuries.
Beginning with a very personal prologue recalling both the pride and the prejudices that he encountered in the Texas of his youth, Crisp traces his path to the discovery of documents distorted, censored, and ignored--documents which reveal long-silenced voices from the Texan past. In each of four chapters focusing on specific documentary "finds," Crisp uncovers the clues that led to these archival discoveries. Along the way, the cast of characters expands to include: a prominent historian who tried to walk away from his first book; an unlikely teenaged "speechwriter" for General Sam Houston; three eyewitnesses to the death of Davy Crockett at the Alamo; a desperate inmate of Mexico City's Inquisition Prison, whose scribbled memoir of the war in Texas is now listed in the Guiness Book of World Records; and the stealthy slasher of the most famous historical painting in Texas. In his afterword, Crisp explores the evidence behind the mythic "Yellow Rose of Texas" and examines some of the powerful forces at work in silencing the very voices from the past that we most need to hear today.
Here then is an engaging first-person account of historical detective work, illuminating the methods of the serious historian--and the motives of those who prefer glorious myth to unflattering truth.

Susanna of the Alamo: A True Story

By John Jakes

Sandpiper
Released: 1990-08-24
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Susanna of the Alamo: A True Story
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“Remember the Alamo!” is one of the most familiar battle cries in American history, yet few know about the brave woman who inspired it. Susanna Dickinson’s story reveals the crucial role she played during that turbulent period in Texas-American history.

The Gates of the Alamo

By Stephen Harrigan

Harrigan, Stephen
Released: 2001-03-01
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A huge, riveting, deeply imagined novel about the siege and fall of the Alamo in 1836--an event that formed the consciousness of Texas and that resonates through American history--The Gates of the Alamo follows the lives of three people whose fates become bound to the now-fabled Texas fort: Edmund McGowan, a proud and gifted naturalist whose life's work is threatened by the war against Mexico; the resourceful, widowed innkeeper Mary Mott; and her sixteen-year-old son, Terrell, whose first shattering experience with love leads him instead to war, and into the crucible of the Alamo. The story unfolds with vivid immediacy and describes the pivotal battle from the perspective of the Mexican attackers as well as the American defenders. Filled with dramatic scenes, and abounding in fictional and historical personalities--among them James Bowie, David Crockett, William Travis, and General Santa Anna--The Gates of the Alamo enfolds us in history and, through its remarkable and passionate storytelling, allows us to participate at last in an American legend.


 
 
 

 
 
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