James Williams

What I Read - Forget the Alamo

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Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth by Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, and Jason Stanford

It's very weird to learn that everything you were taught about the inception of Texas, its larger than life reputation, and "Don't Mess With Texas" was built upon a well-constructed lie. They say "history is written by the victors." More important is what they choose not to write. For example, the mythos of Texas omits that a lot of the conflict boils down to Mexico's displeasure with slavery in the Tejas. Also not noted is illegal immigration into Mexico with slaves (ironic in today's climate) or US intervention in the conflict.

The well sourced book also chronicled Hollywood's role in remaking the Alamo church, a site that was unimportant in the battle, into hallowed ground. The actual site of most fighting, the longhouse, was willfully destroyed in the efforts to preserve the complex because it didn't fit the funder's plans for "America's ruins."

There are many more little tidbits like this in the book. I highly recommend.