A Line in the Sand: The Alamo in Blood and Memory

A Line in the Sand: The Alamo in Blood and Memory

by Randy Roberts, James S. Olson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0743212339

ISBN-13: 9780743212335

Pub. Date: 04/30/2002

Publisher: Free Press

In late February and early March of 1836, a Mexican army led by General Antonio López de Santa Anna lay siege to a mission known as the Alamo, held by a small band of rebels that included Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and William Travis. In the dark early morning of March 6, all inside the fort were dead -- and one of America's most enduring legends was born.

Overview

In late February and early March of 1836, a Mexican army led by General Antonio López de Santa Anna lay siege to a mission known as the Alamo, held by a small band of rebels that included Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and William Travis. In the dark early morning of March 6, all inside the fort were dead -- and one of America's most enduring legends was born.
Randy Roberts and James S. Olson retell the story of the Alamo from both the Mexican and the American perspectives, delving into the historical accuracy of such myths as Bowie's famous line in the sand, Crockett's celebrated fight to the death, and the common portrayal of the Mexicans as ruthless killers. Separating fact from fiction, they trace how and why those fictions grew, from the rapid spread of the rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" to the "patriotic" depictions of battle in American films and television to the potency of the Alamo as a symbol in Texas politics and American culture today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743212335
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
04/30/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Map

Prologue

  1. In the Footsteps of History
  2. "The Free Born Sons of America"
  3. "The Bones of Warriors"
  4. "Those Proud Tow'rs"
  5. "VICTORY or DEATH"

INTERLUDE

  1. In Search of Davy's Grave
  2. Retrieving the Bones of History
  3. King of the Wild Frontier
  4. Only Heroes, Only Men
  5. De la Peña's Revenge
  6. The Third Battle of the Alamo

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliographic Essay

Index

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