Quote of the day: "the war now raging in Texas is a Mexican civil war and a war for the re-establishment of slavery where it was abolished". - John Quincy Adams, two months after the battle of the Alamo.
Research topic: Happy Shahan and Coahuila y Tejas
"Remember the Alamo"! There he was again, standing in front of another Historical Monument, like a proud father, with the carnivorous guitar-god at his side, "grinning like a coon eating sh*t off a hairbrush" - a quote a friend, years ago, attributed to Davy Crockett. AND, as per usual, he didn't do his homework. If you remember his last conquest was the Lincoln Memorial where he was preternaturally proselytizing African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Women: Civil Rights and the American Civil Rights Movement are infinitely malleable and absolutely up for interpretation.
Glenn, John Wayne and Chill Wills were not really at the siege of the Alamo all those years ago - they were in a facsimile out on a ranch in Bracketville. Who really was at the Alamo and why were they there? Certainly not to try and get their SAG cards.
The History of the Alamo is a very confused mess: Were Davy Crockett and William Travis actively seeking martyrdom in the cause of Texas Independence, in the ruins of Mission Valero, or were they there in opposition to the Mexican President Santa Anna and his dictatorial centrist government, which by the way was anti-slavery?
What was Jim Bowie, a Mexican citizen, fighting for - his wife's family's country (remember Santa Anna was a dictator), was he pissed because they made him convert to Catholicism, or did he really just want to make some knives in peace?
Was the Lone Star flag flying over the walls of the Alamo, as it was at Glenn's back that beautiful sunny afternoon, or was a Mexican flag flying with 1824 (the date of the previous Mexican Constitution) written on it?
Did Davy Crockett die fighting or was he caught trying to get away and then executed? (It would behoove anyone really interested in this matter to read-up on ole Davy - he was quite a colorful character).