A Line In The Sand Analysis

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A Line in the Sand is a written documentary created by Randy Roberts and James S. Olson in which analyzes several aspects of one of the most famous events in Texas history, the battle of the Alamo. The battle of the Alamo was and has been controversial in that very little is known about what exactly happened during the siege. It was an event that caused a massive uproar during the Texas revolution and it also added more ire and will to succeed to the rebels at the time. The Alamo in blood in memory is the subtitle of the book and it implies that the event had left an imprint in Texas history and influenced the future and what Texas would become. In blood the Alamo will be remembered to some as a massacre, to others as a siege, and to others …show more content…
The detail is provided in a chronological order throughout the book in which it starts with Santa Anna before the battle and goes on as time progresses until after the battle of the Alamo. The books tells a story through a narrative perspective in the first half of the book then combines both narrative and analytical storytelling during the second half. It tells the journey that both sides of the Alamo took to get there and what paths they and what they did took afterwards. The book has a popular appeal in that it is trying to get the common folk to understand what the battle was and how and why it happened. It provides the authors’ interpretation of the event and leaves an opportunity for the reader to acquire his or her own interpretation. Any possible bias is clearly not shown since it provides an insight to both sides of the battle and how they perceived it throughout time. Inconsistencies have not been detected in the book because it provides where the information it is using came from. The notes towards the end of the book and the index and the very end provide the information that the reader might not have known throughout the book. As for the bibliographic essay at the near end of the book, it provides specific sources such as accounts and diaries from which the authors used and …show more content…
People will look for what they think is the best history or they will interpret history in such a way that favors them. A Line in the Sand: The Alamo in Blood and Memory shows several methods in which people can take an event and create propaganda that they can use to benefit their needs. Sometimes, people use history as an excuse to do things that would not normally be considered as the right thing to do. They use history to their advantage in order to achieved want they want to achieve. It is an indoctrination of a sort in which people will find comfort in believing what they want to believe and pass on that view of history to their descendants. However, history is interpreted differently and perspectives are changed as each generation

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