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Examining The Real Story of The Alamo And Why The Myths Persist

Chris Tomlinson discusses the new book he’s co-authored, Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth.

The Alamo at dusk.
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The Alamo at dusk.


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Ah, the battle cry, the movies, the legend. We all "Remember the Alamo."

But what we remember – or what we've been taught in school – isn't exactly a full or accurate story.

Houston Chronicle business columnist Chris Tomlinson has co-authored a new book, with Bryan Burrough and Jason Stanford, that aims to clarify the “real story.” It's called Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth.

In the audio above, he tells Houston Matters host Craig Cohen what's true and what’s false about that popular mythology, why countering that myth remains challenging for historians (the John Wayne movie sure didn't help), and why even some politicians see books like this one not as setting the record straight, but as revisionist history that's based on an agenda, as evidenced in a recent Tweet from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick:

MORE: ‘Forget The Alamo’ Author Says We Have The Texas Origin Story All Wrong

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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