Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master by Richard R. Flores

By Richard R. Flores

"Remember the Alamo!" reverberates via Texas historical past and tradition, yet what precisely is being remembered? Over approximately centuries, the Mexican victory over an outnumbered band of Alamo defenders has been reworked into an American victory for the affection of liberty. Why did the historic conflict of 1836 endure this metamorphosis in reminiscence and mythology to develop into any such effective grasp image in Texan and American tradition? during this probing e-book, Richard Flores seeks to respond to that question by means of analyzing how the Alamo's transformation into an American cultural icon helped to form social, monetary, and political relatives among Anglo and Mexican Texans from the past due 19th to the mid-twentieth centuries. within the first a part of the ebook, he appears at how the makes an attempt of historical past society individuals and political leaders to outline the Alamo as a spot have mirrored struggles inside Texas society over where and standing of Anglos and Mexicans. within the moment half, he explores how Alamo videos and the transformation of Davy Crockett into an Alamo hero/martyr have complicated deeply racialised, ambiguous, or even invented understandings of the prior.

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S. military. Although the circumstances surrounding the writing of the Plan are debated by historians, it is believed to have been partially written by six or seven Mexicans imprisoned in Monterrey, Mexico, in January 1915 and finalized in San Diego, Texas, from which it receives its name (Cumberland 1954; Gómez-Quiñones 1970; Richmond 1980). Texas authorities found a copy of the Plan on one of its authors, Basilio Ramos, when he was arrested in McAllen, Texas, later that month. Ramos was charged with treason for possession of the revolutionary document, but when the revolt, as outlined in the Plan, failed to materialize, the charges were dismissed.

The Alamo! 3 The drt provides a pamphlet titled “The Story of the Alamo: Thirteen Fateful Days in 1836,” but it is less than two pages long and offers only a summary. ” But we must also distinguish between cultural memory and “official historical discourse” (Sturken 1997:3). For Sturken and Frisch, cultural memory and history are not oppositional but entangled: memory plays a critical role in the formation of history. Pulling at the entangled strings of history and memory, especially as they work together at sites of public history and culture like the Alamo, is a daunting but necessary task.

But Houston was not decisive. Hardin demonstrates that until the day of the battle between his forces and Santa Anna’s, Houston had no clear plan of where or how to encounter the Mexican army. By either chance or design, but certainly through the influence of those serving in his ranks, Houston’s forces met Santa Anna’s at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21. Mostly through the element of surprise, itself the result of indecisiveness on Houston’s part, the rebel forces overtook the Mexican army swiftly and captured Santa Anna as he retreated south the next day.

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