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The Alamo Remembered: Tejano Accounts and Perspectives Hardcover – November, 1995
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"The first full-scale collection offers a rich insight into the formation of Mexican American identity in San Antonio. . . . [The book] speaks eloquently to a general audience trying to gain a more balanced perspective of the storied conflict [at the Alamo]." (Review of Texas Books 1996-03-01)
"Matovina's message is that historians who concentrate on the question of which side [Tejanos] joined or did not join miss the larger point: for the Tejanos themselves, the choice of sides during the revolt was not the overriding issue of their lives, nor was it the touchstone of their identity. What the Tejano accounts of the Alamo show, Matovina argues, is that the divisions engendered by the revolution failed to destroy what remained 'an amazingly cohesive community' in which families, friends, and neighbors split apart by the war reunited in harmony in its aftermath." (Southwestern Historical Quarterly)
"Matovina's collection of Tejano memories of the Alamo not only proves essential in shedding light on the battle and its aftermath but, more importantly, contributes to an understanding of an understudied culture and that culture's effect on the most romanticized story of Texas history." (Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas)
"A valuable addition to the already abundant [Alamo] literature. . . . Ordinarily, the battle of the Alamo is considered in a traditional adversarial manner—Santa Anna and his troops against the band of defenders. But there were many other people in the area, primarily Tejano citizens of San Antonio. These accounts both directly and indirectly deal with what was inevitably an ambivalent and uncertain dilemma of these people who were caught in circumstances beyond their control. It is an aspect of the battle of the Alamo too long ignored." (Journal of the West 1998-01-01)
"A fascinating and much needed anthology of Tejano accounts of America's most storied battle.... There are no books like it in the field, despite considerable publishing on the Alamo and the Texas revolt." (Paul Hutton, Executive Director, Western History Association)
"A fascinating and much needed anthology of Tejano accounts of America's most storied battle.... There are no books like it in the field, despite considerable publishing on the Alamo and the Texas revolt." (Paul Hutton, Executive Director, Western History Association) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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accounts of the "other side" of the Alamo story. While, as with other books giving accounts of Tejanos who witnessed and/or were
present before, during or shortly after the battle, there are many conflicting versions of what happened that fateful day; most of the mystery surrounding the deaths of Crockett and Bowie remains unsolved. Nevertheless, the author does a great job of presenting the best evidence available through authenticated documents, and affords the inquisitive reader the opportunity to further research those grey areas and, possibly, reach the right conclusion of how the "heroes" died. Because we live in a society where the majority love to view departed combatants in the light of "heroics"-- whether or not deserving thereof--books like this one in particular are crucial for those searching for the truth. This is a definite 4+ for Alamo enthusiasts.
Author and historian Timothy M. Matovina went thru Texas archives, numerous newspaper articles, interviews, state documents unpublished petitions and depositions and pieced together the fascinating history of the Tejanos of San Antonio and their recollections about the Battle of The Alamo.
These recollections describe the deaths of the famous defenders and how their bodies were burned in bonfires after the battle, the brutality of the Mexican soldiers and some acts of kindness and compassion.
Though their origins were in Mexico, the Tejanos had identified themselves as Texans and identified themselves as patriots for Texas Independence. There are many fascinating accounts and recollections by the people, some are decades after the battle, and some just a few months or years after the battle. These are all fascinating reads and gives better understanding of what the "common" people of San Antonia went thru when General Santa Anna and his army marched thru the city and laid siege against the famous mission. It is a fascinating read and makes an welcome addition to the history of the battle, the history of San Antonio, Tejano and Texas history. A GREAT READ!