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Why Can’t We Just Forget the Alamo?

How did a historical past ebook set off a fierce battle over Texas’s founding legend? The Texan author Bryan Burrough got down to debunk his state’s fantasy of the Alamo, solely to seek out himself clashing with different Texans nonetheless making an attempt to guard it.

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The epic, oft-told origin story of Texas facilities on the Lone Star State’s most notorious battle: the Battle of the Alamo, the place American heroes akin to Davy Crockett fought to the demise towards the Mexican military to safe Texas’s independence. The solely drawback, in keeping with the author and journalist Bryan Burrough, is that this founding legend isn’t all true. In June, Burrough and two different Texan writers got down to debunk the parable of the Alamo, solely to seek out themselves in an sudden battle with Texans nonetheless making an attempt to guard their state’s revered origin story.

“The Anglo power structure here, which still dominates politics and the media,” Burrough says, “can clearly see that if the myth melts away, other things could begin to melt away as well.”

This week on The Experiment: how a historical past ebook ignited a ferocious debate over Texas’s founding legend, and the way this battle climbed the ranks all the best way as much as the Texas GOP.

This episode’s visitors embrace Bryan Burrough, a co-author of Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth.

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