The Siege of the Alamo

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To many Americans, the Alamo has become a symbol of a certain spirit, that of courage in the face of insurmountable odds. This book shows that courage was indeed present when Texan rebels faced the Mexican army. As the background to the conflict is detailed, however, questions arise. Was this a stand against oppression or an attempt to seize Mexican lands for the rapidly growing United States? Was it a fight for freedom or for the right to own slaves? The complexities of the situation are clearly presented here, ...
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Overview

To many Americans, the Alamo has become a symbol of a certain spirit, that of courage in the face of insurmountable odds. This book shows that courage was indeed present when Texan rebels faced the Mexican army. As the background to the conflict is detailed, however, questions arise. Was this a stand against oppression or an attempt to seize Mexican lands for the rapidly growing United States? Was it a fight for freedom or for the right to own slaves? The complexities of the situation are clearly presented here, together with lively portrayals of the central characters and of life in Texas at the moment of its independence.

Describes the causes, events, and aftermath of the battle between the Texans and the Mexicans at the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

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Gr 3-6-These offerings do a good job of explaining the significance of each episode in American history as myth continues to surround what actually took place. The introductions explain the events that led up to the debacles, which are famous because in each case heroes of the day perished. Culture clashes and egos figure largely in both events. At heart in both was greed. Alamo describes the battle with Mexico over land, rights held by American citizens, and slave ownership. Big Horn discusses how white men combated the Sioux for gold, land, and natural resources. Sidebars, maps, and mainly full-color illustrations appear throughout. These are attractive, worthy purchases, terrific for report writers and general readers alike.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chapter 1 The People of Texas 6
Chapter 2 Rebellion 14
Chapter 3 The Siege 22
Chapter 4 The Battle 32
Chapter 5 Remember the Alamo 36
Conclusion 42
Time Line 44
Glossary 45
Further Information 46
Index 47
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