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Line in the Sand : The Alamo in Blood and Memory

Line in the Sand : The Alamo in Blood and Memory - 01 edition

Line in the Sand : The Alamo in Blood and Memory - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780743212335

ISBN10: 0743212339

Line in the Sand : The Alamo in Blood and Memory by Randy W. Roberts and James S. Olson - ISBN 9780743212335
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Free Press
Published: 2001
International: No
Line in the Sand : The Alamo in Blood and Memory by Randy W. Roberts and James S. Olson - ISBN 9780743212335

ISBN13: 9780743212335

ISBN10: 0743212339

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01

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Summary

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.

Author Bio

Roberts, Randy : Purdue University

Randy Roberts is professor of history at Purdue University and lives in Lafayette, Indiana.

Olson, James S. : Sam Houston State Univesity

James S. Olson is distinguished professor of history at Sam Houston State University and lives in Huntsville, Texas. They are the coauthors of John Wayne: American and Where Dominos Fell: America and Vietnam.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface
Map
Prologue

In the Footsteps of History
"The Free Born Sons of America"
"The Bones of Warriors"
"Those Proud Tow'rs"
"VICTORY or DEATH"
INTERLUDE

In Search of Davy's Grave
Retrieving the Bones of History
King of the Wild Frontier
Only Heroes, Only Men
De la Peña's Revenge
The Third Battle of the Alamo
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliographic Essay
Index