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Remember the Alamo: Texians, Tejanos, and Mexicans Tell Their Stories
     

Remember the Alamo: Texians, Tejanos, and Mexicans Tell Their Stories

by Paul Robert Walker
 

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Remember the Alamo presents a fresh look at one of the most famous battles in American history. The story has been told countless times in everything from comic books to feature films. Always it is the brave Americans—Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, William Travis, and others—fighting the overwhelming forces of a cruel dictator for the right to live in a

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Remember the Alamo presents a fresh look at one of the most famous battles in American history. The story has been told countless times in everything from comic books to feature films. Always it is the brave Americans—Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, William Travis, and others—fighting the overwhelming forces of a cruel dictator for the right to live in a Texas independent of Mexican rule. Too often, little mention is made of the Tejanos—Mexican Texans—who put their lives on the line to fight alongside the other defenders at the Alamo. And what about Santa Anna? Was he so wrong in trying to keep Americans from taking over his country? Clearly there is more to the story.

Paul Robert Walker has studied the evidence—messages sent out from the Alamo before the battle, reports written by Tejano and Texian leaders, eyewitness accounts from a slave and the handful of women and children who were spared by Santa Anna, and stories told by Mexican officers and soldiers. He has consulted with experts, examined the historic sites, and read the most recent scholarly theories to present the story of the Alamo through the eyes of Texians, Tejanos, and Mexicans as you've never heard it before.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Much has been written about the Battle of the Alamo, but few books tell the story from the point of view of the various sides involved in the battle between Mexico and Texas. The history is complex, as are our current relations with Mexico. Walker debunks some of the myths and provides very detailed accounts of the people involved, the pleas for added soldiers to defend the Alamo, the fear of the Texas legislature that a power buildup was not necessary and might be threatening, and the Mexicans who were the rightful owners of the land. Mexico had encouraged Americans to establish settlements and many of the Americans became Mexican citizens. The issue of slavery was also a factor, since slavery was illegal in Mexico but not in Texas. There was great unrest in Mexico because the people were losing the rights promised to them in their Constitution of 1824. The environment was a boiling pot, reflecting a variety of causes. Therefore, it was not simply a battle to free Texas from Mexico. The motivations of leaders like Santa Anna, who was setting himself up to overthrow the Mexican Constitution, William Travis, and Stephen F. Austin, who owned huge amounts of land in Texas, are described. The story builds and familiar names, like Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett, appear. However, the details of battles, troop movements, etc., do not make for light reading. Those truly interested in Texas history and the associated parties and people will find this a very well written account. However, it is not a book one would pick up for pleasure reading. The text is accompanied by excellent illustrations and the Timeline, notes and index are extensive. There are also educational extensions at the very end of the book. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot; Ages 12 up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426300103
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
04/24/2007
Series:
National Geographic Children's Books Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 10.59(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Paul Robert Walker is the author of many books for young people on a wide range of subjects. A former teacher, journalist, and rock musician, his most recent book for National Geographic is Remember Little Bighorn. Walker lives in Escondido, CA.

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