The Alamo

Authors discussed the Alamo, including the historical events, the significance of the battle, and the myths surrounding it. During the… read more

Authors discussed the Alamo, including the historical events, the significance of the battle, and the myths surrounding it. During the Texas war for independence in 1836, soldiers and volunteers fortified the Alamo, an old Spanish mission in San Antonio, against a vastly superior Mexican force. The defenders, including such well-known figures as Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, held the Alamo for 13 days but were ultimately slaughtered. Though the battle of the Alamo was a military defeat for the Texans, it inflicted significant casualties on the attackers and occupied the Mexican army while a Texan army of sufficient strength was raised. In addition, “Remember the Alamo!” became a rallying cry for Texan independence. Mr. Harrigan is the author of The Gates of the Alamo, published by Penguin. He also moderated the panel. Mr. Winders is the author of Davy Crockett: The Legend of the Wild Frontier, published by Powerkids Press; and Crisis in the Southwest: The United States, Mexico, and the Struggle over Texas, published by Scholarly Resources. Mr. Lindley is the author of Alamo Traces: New Evidence and New Conclusions, published by Republic of Texas Press. Mr. Thompson is the author of The Alamo, published by Thunder Bay Press. Panelists responded to questions from the moderator and the audience. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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The Alamo

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Program ID:
179144-9
Category:
Interview
Format:
Interview
Location:
Austin, Texas, United States
First Aired:
Nov 15, 2003
Last Aired:
Mar 12, 2006

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  • Nov 15, 2003 | 3:31pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 16, 2003 | 3:26am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 07, 2003 | 6:40am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 07, 2006 | 6:07am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 10, 2006 | 6:07am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 12, 2006 | 6:07am EST | C-SPAN 3
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