By Randy Roberts
In that short, complicated, and lethal come upon, one in every of America's so much powerful symbols was once born. the tale of the final stand on the Alamo grew from a Texas rallying cry, to a countrywide slogan, to a phenomenon of pop culture and presidential politics. but it's been a hotly contested image from the 1st. Questions stay approximately what quite occurred: Did William Travis quite draw a line within the sand? Did Davy Crockett die combating, surrounded by way of the our bodies of 2 dozen of the enemy? And what of the members' causes and reasons? have been the Texans justified of their uprising? have been they honest patriots creating a final stand for freedom and liberty, or have been they a ragtag number of grasping men-on-the-make, washed-up politicians, and backwoods bullies, american citizens bent on extending American slavery right into a overseas land?
the total tale of the Alamo -- from the weeks and months that led as much as the fateful stumble upon to the films and speeches that proceed to recollect it this day -- is a indispensable tale of America's previous and a desirable window into our collective reminiscence. In A Line within the Sand, acclaimed historians Randy Roberts and James Olson use a wealth of archival resources, together with the diary of José Enrique de los angeles Peña, in addition to vital and little-used Mexican files, to retell the tale of the Alamo for a brand new new release of american citizens. They clarify what occurred from the viewpoint of all events, not only Anglo and Mexican squaddies, but additionally Tejano allies and bystanders. They delve anew into the mysteries of Crockett's ultimate hours and Travis's recognized rhetoric. ultimately, they express how preservationists, tv and film manufacturers, historians, and politicians became the Alamo's significant interpreters. Walt Disney, John Wayne, and ratings of newshounds and cultural critics have used the Alamo to contest the very which means of the United States, and thereby helped us all to "remember the Alamo."