Randy Roberts's A Line in the Sand: The Alamo in Blood and Memory PDF

By Randy Roberts

ISBN-10: 0743212339

ISBN-13: 9780743212335

In overdue February and early March of 1836, the Mexican military lower than the command of basic Antonio López de Santa Anna besieged a small strength of Anglo and Tejano rebels at a challenge often called the Alamo. The defenders of the Alamo have been in an most unlikely state of affairs. They knew little or no of the occasions occurring open air the challenge partitions. they didn't have a lot of an realizing of Santa Anna or of his govt in Mexico urban. They despatched out contradictory messages, they bought contradictory communications, they moved blindly and deliberate at midnight. And at midnight early morning of March 6, they died.
In that short, complicated, and lethal stumble upon, considered one of America's so much powerful symbols used to be 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 rather occurred: Did William Travis relatively draw a line within the sand? Did Davy Crockett die struggling with, surrounded through the our bodies of 2 dozen of the enemy? And what of the members' 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 choice of grasping men-on-the-make, washed-up politicians, and backwoods bullies, americans bent on extending American slavery right into a overseas land?
the total tale of the Alamo -- from the weeks and months that led as much as the fateful come across to the films and speeches that proceed to recollect it this day -- is a necessary tale of America's prior 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, in addition to very important and little-used Mexican records, to retell the tale of the Alamo for a brand new new release of usa citizens. They clarify what occurred from the viewpoint of all events, not only Anglo and Mexican squaddies, but additionally Tejano allies and bystanders. They delve anew into the mysteries of Crockett's ultimate hours and Travis's well-known rhetoric. ultimately, they express how preservationists, tv and picture manufacturers, historians, and politicians became the Alamo's significant interpreters. Walt Disney, John Wayne, and ratings of reporters and cultural critics have used the Alamo to contest the very which means of the United States, and thereby helped us all to "remember the Alamo."

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