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August 22 , 2007

History for Kids: The Battle of the Alamo


*Perfect for ages 7-9*Includes pictures of the Alamo and famous people and events."I shall never surrender or retreat.—Victory or Death.”William B. TravisIn Charles River Editors History for Kids series, your children can learn about historys most important people and events in an easy, entertaining, and educational way. Pictures help bring the story to life, and the concise but comprehensive book will keep your kids attention all the way to the end. For the United States, the Battle of the Alamo is in many ways its version of the Greeks Thermopylae. In February 1836, a few hundred defenders of a small fort that once served as a mission found themselves besieged by several thousand Mexican soldiers under Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Rather than withdraw, the defenders requested reinforcements and instead made a determined stand at the Alamo, eventually falling nearly down to the last man on March 6, 1836. Like Thermoyplae, much of the narrative regarding the Battle of the Alamo is comprised of myths and legends that have been embraced, supported, and protected, turning the most famous defenders into American legends. Accounts are also wildly contradictory. The famous frontier hero Davy Crockett, who has been portrayed by none other than John Wayne, may have been among the last to die or may have been captured and executed shortly after the battle. William Barret Travis, who had abandoned his wife, son, and unborn daughter and departed for Texas, did not draw the fabled “line in the sand” with his sword and ask those who wished to stay with him in the Alamo to cross it. The number of defenders was almost certainly not the 189 long held sacred by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. However, much the same way accounts of Thermopylae are hard to confirm, to a large extent the actual results of the Battle of the Alamo dont matter as much as what the Alamo has come to symbolize. The defeat at the Alamo did not have a decisive impact on Texas War for Independence, but it became a poignant rallying cry in the immediate aftermath of the battle, and to this day Americans associate it with patriotism, bravery and determination. “Remember the Alamo” is still a widely used part of the English lexicon today, and the Alamo is a cherished piece of Americana. History for Kids: The Battle of the Alamo comprehensively covers the lead up to the battle and what is known and unknown about the siege and battle itself. Along the way, it looks at some of the most controversial and unknown aspects of the battle, as well as the aftermath and legacy of the battle. Along with a bibliography, maps, and pictures of important people and places, your kids will learn about the Battle of the Alamo like never before.
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