Re: The Alamo

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Posted by Pat on March 04, 1999 at 11:49:33:

In Reply to: Re: The Alamo posted by Rich on March 04, 1999 at 04:25:48:

Rich said:
: One can argue the rights & wrongs of the Texas War For Independence ... certainly there are 2 sides to the story ... one cannot deny these men their bravery!

I must disagree a bit with your statement (friendly like). First, I studied a semester on the history of Mexico and am now less inclined to agree with revisionist historians who emphasize the slaveholders, land-grabbers and riff-raff while ignoring Mexico's faults. Mexico has a long history of corruption in government. Mexico treated many of its citizens in Texas badly (no matter what their origin). Had the Mexican government not behaved so arrogantly and over-reacted, the War for Independence might never have happened. It wasn't until after the Alamo that Houston raised his army. There is riff-raff everywhere (as we recently learned). Slavery is wicked, but this was 1836. How many abolitionists were around to drive home the point. Can't expect folks who have not been shown the light to share our point of view. Some well-know Texas heroes were land-grabbers. They treated people of Mexican heritage badly and a band of Southern Cherokees VERY badly. But most Texans were looking for a place where they could improve their lot in life. (They probably drooled over the homes in Southern Living like we do - ok maybe not, but the same idea).
Secondly, I must argue with you because I had a relative (not an ancestor) at San Jacinto named Sam Houston. So, it's my duty to celebrate March 6th and uphold a certain point of view.

: It's a theme frequently visited in "The Last Of The Mohicans" ... one of the many reasons I love the film ...

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