SOURCE: Galveston Daily News
Wealthy Texas Activist Sues President of State's Historical Association
The suit by J.P. Bryan, a retired oilman and the executive director of the private Texas State Historical Association, which produces many important educational materials, claims that the board has too many academics and is too critical of the Anglo settlers of the state. Historian Nancy Baker Jones, the TSHA President, is the principal target.
SOURCE: Texas Public Radio
New Exhibition Seeks to Put Complexity in the Alamo Story
A new exhibition center on the Alamo grounds has the space to display more artifacts, and a commitment to telling a more historically accurate and inclusive story of what happened in 1836.
Historians Evaluate the "1836 Project" Pamphlet Texas Wants to Give to All Drivers License Applicants
Historians concur that while the task of condensing the state's history into a dozen pages is a difficult task, the choices made by the state commission aim at preserving patriotic myths favored by the right.
SOURCE: Texas Monthly
The Omissions of the "1836 Project" View of Texas History
by Leah LaGrone and Michael Phillips
The project, which will distribut a pamphlet to all people receiving a driver's license in Texas, is staffed by right-wing ideologues hand-picked by Governor Greg Abbott. Expect a whitewash of issues related to slavery and racism.
What "Forget the Alamo" Forgets
by James W. Russell
"Forget the Alamo" is ultimately constrained by American unwillingness to fully deal with the reality that the US forcibly stole Texas and the southwest from Mexico.
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
Phil Collins Sets Off a New Battle Over the Alamo
The singer's gift of his artifact collection has reignited controversy about how the events of 1836 should be commemorated in the state's complex history.
"Forget the Alamo" Synthesizes Revisionist Scholarship for Today's History Wars
by James Thornton Harris
Academics have long understood Texas's heroic founding myths centered on the Alamo to be cover stories for the cause of slavery and white supremacy, but they've been tenacious parts of the state's culture. A new book joins the battle as state leaders dig in to defend those myths.
'The Myth Itself Becomes a Stand-in.' What Can the Alamo's History Teach Us About Teaching History?
by Olivia B. Waxman
Historian Raúl A. Ramos discusses the way that the myth of the Alamo has supplanted the real history, and how new state laws stand in the way of the teaching that a multiethnic Texas needs.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Texas Republicans Rush to Guard the Alamo from the Facts
by Jason Stanford
"The Alamo myth leaves much out, most notably that Texians opposed Mexican laws that would free the enslaved workers they needed to farm cotton."
SOURCE: The Week
Texas State History Museum Abruptly Cancels Speech by Authors of New Book on The Alamo
Chris Tomlinson tweeted Thursday night that he presumes the event was canceled because "we don't regurgitate the propaganda that [Governor Greg] Abbott's Texas 1836 Project wants to promote."
We've Been Telling the Alamo Story Wrong for Nearly 200 Years. Now It's Time to Correct the Record
by Bryan Burrough and Jason Stanford
"Imagine if the U.S. were to open interior Alaska for colonization and, for whatever reason, thousands of Canadian settlers poured in, establishing their own towns, hockey rinks and Tim Hortons stores."
SOURCE: Texas Monthly
The Next Battle of the Alamo! (Excerpt)
A new book takes on Texans' embrace of the Alamo myth and the politics of preserving the site, with an odd detour through the Alamo memorabilia collection of British pop star Phil Collins.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Alamo Renovation Gets Stuck over Arguments about Slavery
Renovations to the Alamo have hit a predictable political snag, as conservative Texans insist that the site maintain its denial about the slaveholding of many of the Alamo's defenders or the pro-slavery ambitions of the Republic of Texas and threaten to block bills encouraging more historically informed exhibits.
Misremember the Alamo
by Douglas Sackman
Like most Americans, when Trump tries to "remember the Alamo," he gets it all wrong. His recent visit to Alamo, Texas was 240 miles south of the mission so holy to many Texans, but it was closer in spirit than Trump probably realized.
SOURCE: San Antonio Express
Native Americans want to reimagine Alamo as a cemetery
Judging from the way it was summarily dismissed by the Alamo’s CEO, there may be trouble ahead.
SOURCE: The Christian Science Monitor
Remember the Alamo? Why some Texans embrace a broader history.
Three hundred years after the founding of a Spanish mission in San Antonio, Texans are grappling with post-statehood histories that put white male settlers front and center. A new generation of historians seeks a more diverse set of characters.
Besieged commander's 'Victory or Death' letter returns to the Alamo for first time
A plea for help penned in 1836 by the commander of the besieged rebel Texas forces at the Alamo, in which he vowed "Victory or Death," returns to old Spanish mission for the first time Friday. William Barret Travis' famous letter to "the People of Texas and All Americans in the World," will get a police escort from the state archive in Austin to the Alamo, which is now in the heart of downtown San Antonio. The weathered, single-page letter will go on display for two weeks, starting this weekend, and will be kept in a special display cabinet and given round-the-clock guards....
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