Book Description Mason Crest, Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Seller Inventory zk Language: English. Brand new Book. Traces the history of the shrine of Texas liberty, the Alamo, from its original function as a place of worship, through the Mexican siege there, to a museum in Seller Inventory FLT Hal Marcovitz. Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:.
Synopsis About this title In , a small group of Texan settlers fighting for their freedom from Mexico fortified an old Spanish mission near the village of San Antonio de Bxar. Buy New Learn more about this copy. The slaveowners in the Southern U. Northwest Mexico what is now the U. Southwest looked very promising to them. The northern capitalists were also eyeing this area for opening trade to the western region of the continent and as a source of minerals.
Sensing a threat from the U. Mexico won independence from Spain in and the new government followed a policy of allowing Anglo-Americans to settle. They were given land grants--provided they became Mexican citizens and converted to Catholicism. By , Texas had about 35, inhabitants--both Anglo immigrants and Tejanos Mexican people born in Texas.
The Anglo immigrants outnumbered Tejanos 6 to 1. Then the Mexican government abolished slavery--and the Anglo slaveowners and their allies rose up in a reactionary war to tear Texas away from Mexico. They put out a call for Americans to come to their aid-- promising to give mercenaries free land. All but nine of them were Anglo invaders--many like the land speculator Davy Crockett who had just recently arrived in Texas as mercenaries.
Jim Bowie another "hero" of the Alamo was a despicable slave trader and slave smuggler. The commander of the Anglos was Colonel Travis, another mercenary. In that battle, the Texans shouted "Remember the Alamo" to justify their bloody revenge and massacre. General Santa Anna was captured. In return for having his life spared, Santa Anna signed a treaty recognizing Texas' independence.
One of the first official acts of the new "Republic of Texas" was to legalize slavery. In Texas was admitted into the United States as a slave state, and soon joined the Southern slave Confederacy in the U. Civil War.
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As someone who was born and raised in Texas, and attended elementary school in the late '50s and early '60s, I remember well that back then we were not Chicanos or Mexican Americans or Hispanics or Latinos. We were "Meskins," greasers, wetbacks, spics, beaners and pepper bellies. I remember having "Remember the Alamo" stuffed down my throat every year, dreading the coming of spring where I would have to dress up like a Mexican soldier and re-enact the Battle of the Alamo or the Battle of San Jacinto. I remember being taught that bloodthirsty and cruel Mexicans "murdered our valiant and heroic defenders of freedom and democracy at the Alamo.
And as someone who has lived through all that--I want to say that these mother fuckers Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, William Barrett Travis and all the rest got exactly what they deserved--death! Back in , when I was in the third grade, my whole elementary school went to see John Wayne's racist movie, The Alamo.
Back then, all the lies about Texas history they taught us in school made us ashamed not to be white.
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And the movie just made it worse. Back then it was against the law to speak Spanish in public schools and children who did were whipped. Not that much earlier there were signs in public places that said, "No dogs or Mexicans allowed. My father grew up in Galveston, about 50 miles from Houston on the Gulf Coast.
He would tell me that whenever his family would drive to Houston they never stopped for food, gasoline, or to use the bathroom in any of the small towns along the way. My father was the first person in his family to attend college, which he did on a boxing scholarship. After he graduated, while waiting for induction into the Army as an officer, he and my mother moved to Houston. They tried to rent an apartment near Moody Park in what is now a large Latino barrio.
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