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Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett's Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution (New Narratives in American History)

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In Sleuthing the Alamo, historian James E. Crisp draws back the curtain on years of mythmaking to reveal some surprising truths about the Texas Revolution--truths that are often obscured by both racism and political correctness. This engaging first-person account of historical detective work illuminates the methods of the serious historian who searches for the more complex truths behind the glorious myths.

Beginning with a personal prologue recalling both the pride and the prejudices that he encountered in the Texas of his youth, Crisp illustrates how he discovered documents that have been distorted, censored, and ignored. In four chapters focusing on specific documentary "finds," he uncovers the clues that led to these archival discoveries. Along the way, the cast of characters expands to include: a prominent historian who tried to walk away from his first book; an unlikely teenaged "speechwriter" for General Sam Houston; three eyewitnesses to the death of Davy Crockett at the Alamo; a desperate inmate of Mexico City's Inquisition Prison, whose scribbled memoir of the war in Texas is now listed in the Guinness Book of World Records; and the stealthy slasher of the most famous historical painting in Texas. In his afterword, Crisp explores the evidence behind the mythic "Yellow Rose of Texas" and examines some of the powerful forces at work in silencing the voices from the past that we most need to hear today. An indispensable resource for anyone interested in the Alamo or historical detective work, Sleuthing the Alamo is also ideal for undergraduate courses in historical methodology, southwestern borderlands, the American West, Texas history, American expansion, Mexican-American history, race relations, and Southern history.

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In Sleuthing the Alamo, historian James E. Crisp draws back the curtain on years of mythmaking to reveal some surprising truths about the Texas Revolution--truths that are often obscured by both racism and political correctness. This engaging first-person account of historical detective work

illuminates the methods of the serious historian who searches for the more complex truths behind the glorious myths.

Beginning with a personal prologue recalling both the pride and the prejudices that he encountered in the Texas of his youth, Crisp illustrates how he discovered documents that have been distorted, censored, and ignored. In four chapters focusing on specific documentary finds, he uncovers the

clues that led to these archival discoveries. Along the way, the cast of characters expands to include: a prominent historian who tried to walk away from his first book; an unlikely teenaged speechwriter for General Sam Houston; three eyewitnesses to the death of Davy Crockett at the Alamo; a

desperate inmate of Mexico City's Inquisition Prison, whose scribbled memoir of the war in Texas is now listed in the Guinness Book of World Records; and the stealthy slasher of the most famous historical painting in Texas. In his afterword, Crisp explores the evidence behind the mythic Yellow Rose

of Texas and examines some of the powerful forces at work in silencing the voices from the past that we most need to hear today. An indispensable resource for anyone interested in the Alamo or historical detective work, Sleuthing the Alamo is also ideal for undergraduate courses in historical

methodology, southwestern borderlands, the American West, Texas history, American expansion, Mexican-American history, race relations, and Southern history.

About the Author

James E. Crisp is Associate Professor and Assistant Head in the Department of History at North Carolina State University.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Chronology: Major Events of the Texas Revolution, Autumn 1835-Spring 1836

Pride and Prejudice: A Personal Prologue

1. Sam Houston's Speechwriters

2. With Santa Anna in Texas

3. Looking for Davy

4. The Paintbrush and the Knife

Afterword: The Silence of the Yellow Rose

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jhor0107, February 18, 2009 (view all comments by jhor0107)
Crisp takes on a topic that many Americans and Texans believe they already know everything about and flips it totally around. Through extensive detective work Crisp gets to the bottom of how Davie Crockett died and explains, in detail, how he came to each conclusion and why the history books got it wrong. This is a great book for people that want to know the truth about the Texas revolution.
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ISBN:
9780195163506
Author:
Crisp, James E.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, James E.
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
History, American | Western
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
New Narratives in American History
Series Volume:
Davy Crockett's Last
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 color plates, 31 b/w illus.
Pages:
228
Dimensions:
6.74x4.76x.63 in. .41 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In Sleuthing the Alamo, historian James E. Crisp draws back the curtain on years of mythmaking to reveal some surprising truths about the Texas Revolution--truths that are often obscured by both racism and political correctness. This engaging first-person account of historical detective work

illuminates the methods of the serious historian who searches for the more complex truths behind the glorious myths.

Beginning with a personal prologue recalling both the pride and the prejudices that he encountered in the Texas of his youth, Crisp illustrates how he discovered documents that have been distorted, censored, and ignored. In four chapters focusing on specific documentary finds, he uncovers the

clues that led to these archival discoveries. Along the way, the cast of characters expands to include: a prominent historian who tried to walk away from his first book; an unlikely teenaged speechwriter for General Sam Houston; three eyewitnesses to the death of Davy Crockett at the Alamo; a

desperate inmate of Mexico City's Inquisition Prison, whose scribbled memoir of the war in Texas is now listed in the Guinness Book of World Records; and the stealthy slasher of the most famous historical painting in Texas. In his afterword, Crisp explores the evidence behind the mythic Yellow Rose

of Texas and examines some of the powerful forces at work in silencing the voices from the past that we most need to hear today. An indispensable resource for anyone interested in the Alamo or historical detective work, Sleuthing the Alamo is also ideal for undergraduate courses in historical

methodology, southwestern borderlands, the American West, Texas history, American expansion, Mexican-American history, race relations, and Southern history.

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