Children's Literature"Remember the Alamo" became the rallying cry for vengeance after Santa Anna's Mexican forces killed all of nearly 200 men who bravely fought to defend the tiny mission in Texas. The territory, part of the Mexican Republic, captured the imagination of many people who eagerly flocked there. At first, the Mexican government allowed immigration, but they soon were worried about the arrival of thousands of Americans. Immigration was banned in 1830 and soon the power-hungry Santa Anna seized the reins of authority. The Americans were fearful that there would be no freedom under the Mexican dictator so they prepared for revolution. Many frontiersmen such as Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and William Travis, joined the doomed battle. Later, Santa Anna was defeated and Sam Houston was elected the first president of the Republic of Texas. Excellent photographs and illustrations accompany the detailed source. As part of the "Cornerstones of Freedom, Second Series," this would be an ideal source for a history curriculum. Bibliographic information, an index, glossary, and timeline are included. 2003, Childrens Press,
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-6-Both of these authors provide overviews of their subjects, including the historical background, the politics of the time, and the motives of the people involved. Neither book has a table of contents. Central Pacific describes many aspects of the creation and building of the railroad, such as legislation, funding, design, and construction, as well as its connection with the Union Pacific Railroad at the top of Promontory Summit. The negative impact of the railroad is also addressed. In Alamo, McGowen focuses on politics and motives that drove the Americans to revolt against Mexico. Uniforms, weapons, and battle strategy for both sides are described in detail. Students reading these books will discover that events in history do not occur in isolation. Rather, they are part and parcel of a larger picture. Full-color photos, illustrations, or reproductions appear on almost every page.-Lana Miles, Duchesne Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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