The Siege of the Alamoby Janet Riehecky
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.
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