I came across a UT site called Texas Politics which I think is an amazing resource for anyone wanting to learn more about Texas history and how Texas Government works. This site has been adding content to their site for a few years now so it’s pretty comprehensive, and pretty current. I would recommend that if you have an interest in lobbying you might want to check out the section on Interest Groups.
So how does this get us to the Alamo? I followed the link on Political Culture and watched the video by University of Texas anthropologist Richard Flores on the history of the Alamo. Having grown up a Texan and being a product of Texas public schools, I can attest that we get a skewed version of what happened at the Alamo, complete with all the hype. And it’s not been until recently that we’ve even begun to question the importance and the truth of what happened at the Alamo. José Enrique de la Peña’s diary, which is also owned by the University of Texas, for example gives us a different side of how Davy Crockett died. I’m now very interested in Flores’ book, Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol, since I listened to his explanation of what happened to Mexican Americans in Texas at the turn of the 20th century. I think it makes a lot of sense and it is an important lesson in framing. I certainly didn’t know that the Alamo was once a saloon and really not that important until 1905 when the state purchased the building. The symbol of the Alamo seems to crop up a lot in Texas politics even as recent as the vote on the Speaker’s election in the Texas House this year. We might need to brush up on our history to be able to frame that issue more clearly. You know how that adage goes, “it’s the victor who gets to write the history”.