THE ALAMO IN AMERICAN HISTORY by Roy Sorrels

THE ALAMO IN AMERICAN HISTORY

Age Range: 10 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The first of the In American History series, this is the story of the battle for the Alamo, including the events which precipitated it and those it lead to. Sorrels provides background on the Native Americans who inhabited the area before discussing Stephen Austin and the first settlers who were allowed to enter the territory. The story continues through the creation of the Republic of Texas and ultimately to its statehood. This is a straightforward retelling of inherently exciting events, and the author makes few embellishments, letting the facts take center stage. The bulk of the book concerns the plans, layout, leaders, and events of the Alamo, set into a meaningful context. Although Sorrels attempts to do justice to both sides, the defenders of the fort--fighting overwhelming odds to the death--emerge as more heroic. Nevertheless, this is a solid job and good replacement for materials in need of updating. (b&w photos and reproductions, chronology, notes, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-89490-770-0
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Enslow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1996