Remember the Alamo? According to Texas lore, it’s the site in San Antonio where, in 1836, about 180 Texan rebels died defending the state during Texas’ war for independence from Mexico.
The siege of the Alamo was memorably depicted in a Walt Disney series and in a 1960 movie starring John Wayne. But three writers, all Texans, say the common narrative of the Texas revolt overlooks the fact that it was waged in part to ensure slavery would be preserved.
“Slavery was the undeniable linchpin of all of this,” author Bryan Burrough says. “It was the thing that the two sides had been arguing about and shooting about for going on 15 years. And yet it still surprises me that slavery went unexamined for so long.”
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