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Remembering the Alamo Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol

ISBN-10: 029272540X
ISBN-13: 9780292725409
Edition: 2002
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Description: "Remember the Alamo!" reverberates through Texas history and culture, but what exactly are we remembering? Over nearly two centuries, the Mexican victory over an outnumbered band of Alamo defenders has been transformed into an American victory for  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 6/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

"Remember the Alamo!" reverberates through Texas history and culture, but what exactly are we remembering? Over nearly two centuries, the Mexican victory over an outnumbered band of Alamo defenders has been transformed into an American victory for the love of liberty. Why did the historical battle of 1836 undergo this metamorphosis in memory and mythology to become such a potent master symbol in Texan and American culture?In this probing book, Richard Flores seeks to answer that question by examining how the Alamo's transformation into an American cultural icon helped to shape social, economic, and political relations between Anglo and Mexican Texans from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. In the first part of the book, he looks at how the attempts of heritage society members and political leaders to define the Alamo as a place have reflected struggles within Texas society over the place and status of Anglos and Mexicans. In the second part, he explores how Alamo movies and the transformation of Davy Crockett into an Alamo hero/martyr have advanced deeply racialized, ambiguous, and even invented understandings of the past.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Texas Modern
The Alamo as Place, 1836-1905
History, Memory-Place, and Silence: The Public Construction of the Past
From San Fernando de Bexar to the Alamo City: The Political Unconscious of Plaza Space
From Private Visions to Public Culture: The Making of the Alamo
The Alamo as Project, 1890-1960
Cinematic Images: Frontiers, Nationalism, and the Mexican Question
Why Does Davy Live? Modernity and Its Heroics
Conclusion: The Alamo as Tex(Mex) Master Symbol of Modernity
Notes
References
Index

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