Forget the Alamo

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Houston Chronicle & San Antonio Express-News columnist Chris Tomlinson chats with Trey Elling about FORGET THE ALAMO: THE RISE AND FALL OF AN AMERICAN MYTH. Questions include:

  • What myth about the Alamo is this book aiming to dispel?
  • Why does he believe slavery is the primary reason Mexico sent troops into Texas?
  • What kept Santa Anna from accepting William Travis’ surrender before the battle?
  • How many of those at the Alamo were actually slave owners?
  • Did Davy Crockett die fighting to the death?
  • How was LBJ guilty of “Alamo syndrome”?
  • How should the Alamo be taught in schools?