Remember the Alamo

Remember the Alamo

DVD - 2004
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"In the early 1830s Texas was about to explode. Although under Mexican rule, the region was home to more than 20,000 U.S. settlers agitated by what they saw as restrictive Mexican policies. Mexican officials, concerned with illegal trading and immigration in Texas, were prepared to fight hard to keep the province under their control. Caught in the middle were the area's 4,000 Mexican Texans or Tejanos who were forced to choose a side. The conflict pitted brother against brother and devastated the community. This film shows the Tejano gamble for a more prosperous future in an independent Texas proved tragic."
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, CA : Paramount Home Entertainment, c2004
ISBN: 9781415701010
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 22, 2019

I liked this historical documentary 60 minutes long. In March of 1836, a Mexican army of four thousand men advanced on the old mission in San Antonio known as the Alamo. Inside, almost two hundred U.S. volunteers huddled, awaiting an attack. Most had come to help wrestle the territory of Texas from Mexico. Texas had a lot of land, and a lot of riches, in terms of the future. And many of these people saw the possibility of establishing themselves anew in the West. They saw this as the West. One hundred and fifty miles from the Alamo, a group of prominent Texans was gathering to sign a Declaration of Independence. Among them, was an ambitious merchant and idealistic politician who had been pushing for Texas independence for much of his life. No one had more to gain, or to lose, from the fight for Texas than Jose Antonio Navarro. So this is a prominent man. He is a law maker, legislator in the Mexican Federation and here he is turning on that nation by signing a Declaration of Independence to create a new country. That's a big risk.
Narrator: Navarro was the leader of the Tejanos, people who had settled the Mexican frontier of Texas. For generations, they had been fighting for independence. At the Alamo, Tejanos stood shoulder to shoulder with U.S. volunteers. The irony is that the Alamo is seen as a strictly Anglo-Texan versus Mexican dynamic, when in reality Tejanos initiated the independence movement, and developed the principles of independence against the Mexican government. The Alamo would be remembered for the valor of men like Travis, Crockett, and Bowie. Men with names like Losoya, Esparza, and Navarro, whose struggles had led to that fateful day, would be forgotten.


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