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The Alamo


The Alamo
The Alamo is today a museum in San Antonio, Texas. It was originally built as a mission (for education and conversion to Christianity of the Native American population) by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century. It was later abandoned as a mission, and instead used as a fortress in the 19th century, and it is for the latter use that it is most famous.

The Alamo was the scene of several military actions, most notably the Battle of the Alamo in 1836 during the Texas Revolution (which led to Texas' independence from Mexico. In this battle, Texian forces were beseiged in the Alamo by the army of the Republic of Mexico. After a 13 day seige, the Alamo fell with the death of nearly all the Texian defenders (who included Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett).

Although the Texians lost the Battle of the Alamo, they were successful in delaying the Mexican advance. Just over one month later, the Mexican Army was defeated at the Battle of San Jacinto at La Porte by a Texian Army led by Sam Houston, who used the famous battle cry, "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!"


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The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation

By James Donovan

Back Bay Books
Released: 2013-05-07
Paperback (528 pages)

The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation
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A sweeping, action-packed saga of the legendary last stand at the Alamo, by the author of the bestselling A Terrible Glory.

On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican army led by dictator Santa Anna reached San Antonio and laid siege to about 175 Texas rebels holed up in the Alamo. The Texans refused to surrender for nearly two weeks until almost 2,000 Mexican troops unleashed a final assault. The defenders fought valiantly-for their lives and for a free and independent Texas-but in the end, they were all slaughtered. Their ultimate sacrifice inspired the rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" and eventual triumph.

Exhaustively researched, and drawing upon fresh primary sources in U.S. and Mexican archives, THE BLOOD OF HEROES is the definitive account of this epic battle. Populated by larger-than-life characters--including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William Barret Travis--this is a stirring story of audacity, valor, and redemption.

What Was the Alamo?

By Pam Pollack & Who HQ

Grosset Dunlap
Released: 2013-10-03
Paperback (112 pages)

What Was the Alamo?
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"Remember the Alamo!" is still a rallying cry more than 175 years after the siege in Texas, where a small band of men held off about two thousand soldiers of the Mexican Army for twelve days. The Alamo was a crucial turning point in the Texas Revolution, and led to the creation of the Republic of Texas. With 80 black-and-white illustrations throughout and a sixteen-page black-and-white photo insert, young readers will relive this famous moment in Texas history.

Remember the Alamo: Texians, Tejanos, and Mexicans Tell Their Stories

By Paul Robert Walker

National Geographic Children's Books
Released: 2015-07-14
Paperback (64 pages)

Remember the Alamo: Texians, Tejanos, and Mexicans Tell Their Stories
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Remember the Alamo presents a fresh look at one of the most famous battles in American history. The story has been told countless times in everything from comic books to feature films. Always it is the brave Americans—Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, William Travis, and others—fighting the overwhelming forces of a cruel dictator for the right to live in a Texas independent of Mexican rule. Too often, little mention is made of the Tejanos—Mexican Texans—who put their lives on the line to fight alongside the other defenders at the Alamo. And what about Santa Anna? Was he so wrong in trying to keep Americans from taking over his country? Clearly there is more to the story.

Paul Robert Walker has studied the evidence—messages sent out from the Alamo before the battle, reports written by Tejano and Texian leaders, eyewitness accounts from a slave and the handful of women and children who were spared by Santa Anna, and stories told by Mexican officers and soldiers. He has consulted with experts, examined the historic sites, and read the most recent scholarly theories to present the story of the Alamo through the eyes of Texians, Tejanos, and Mexicans as you've never heard it before.

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Alamo All-Stars (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #6)

By Nathan Hale

Amulet Books
Released: 2016-03-29
Hardcover (128 pages)

Alamo All-Stars (Nathan Hale s Hazardous Tales #6)
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From Nathan Hale, #1 New York Times bestselling author and Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List maker, comes the definitive graphic novel about the Alamo.
 
Hale relays the facts, politics, military actions, and prominent personalities that defined the Texas Revolution in factual yet humorous scenes that will capture the attention of reluctant readers and fans of history alike.
 
In the early 1800s, Texas was a wild and dangerous land fought over by the Mexican government, Native Americans, and settlers from the United States. Beginning with the expeditions of the so-called “Land Pirates,” through the doomed stand at the Alamo, and ending with the victory over Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, the entire Texas saga is on display. Leading the charge to settle this new frontier is Stephen F. Austin, with a cast of dangerous and colorful characters, including Jim Bowie, William Travis, David Crockett, and others.
 
Through his vivid depiction and additional maps, and biographies located in the back of the book, Nathan Hale brings new insight for students, teachers, and historians into one of the most iconic structures in the United States.

The Alamo: A Radio Dramatization

By Jerry Robbins

The Colonial Radio Theatre on Brilliance Audio
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The Alamo: A Radio Dramatization
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General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna arrives in San Antonio with 6,000 troops and begins to besiege the Alamo for thirteen days. Flying a red flag and playing the El Deguello (cut the throat), Santa Anna signals that no quarter will be given to the defenders. You will be there with David Crockett, Jim Bowie, William Travis, and 16-year-old David Cummings as they fight to the bitter end in this spectacular epic production of one of the worlds most famous battles.

Susanna of the Alamo: A True Story

By John Jakes

Sandpiper
Released: 1990-08-24
Paperback (40 pages)

Susanna of the Alamo: A True Story
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“Remember the Alamo!” is one of the most familiar battle cries in American history, yet few know about the brave woman who inspired it. Susanna Dickinson’s story reveals the crucial role she played during that turbulent period in Texas-American history.


 
 
 

 
 
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