The Truth In James E. Crisp's Sleuthing The Alamo

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In the book Sleuthing the Alamo, by historian James E. Crisp we are faced with some surprising truths about the Texas Revolution as he draws attention to many facilities that have been said to be truths over the years. These facts are often covered by tales of racism and political correctness. Over the course of this engrossing interpretation of the Texas Revolution this historian works like a detective to bring light to the more difficult truths behind all the tales that many believe. I believe James E. Crisp’s thesis to be fairly straightforward. This historian wishes to bring truth to the light. He has done much research and his book is to enlighten people on the misbeliefs in some very important matters throughout history, specifically …show more content…

Crisp goes on to explain many incorrect facts he had found in documents which had been inaccurate, biased, or censored. Spending a lot of time focusing on the truths, he first studies new information based on the text in front of him, and his previous opinion and knowledge on the matter. Once he asses the information, if he does not agree Crisp will search for proof and other facts to supplement why his beliefs are this way. For example, on page 39 Crisp offers his opinion on Houston’s speech which supported the argument for Texas’s independence from Mexico. Crisp says “I was stunned and disbelieving. The words seemed so unlike Houston.” Crisp believed that this speech he heard in its entirety in 1992 to be nothing like the man he grew up learning about in history as a child. He quotes Eugene C. Barker when questioning if the Revolution is the product of racial and political inheritances of the two sides, yet goes on to say this is not what he believes despite what others think. “It seemed to me that conflict between the two groups was not as much an immediate cause as it was an eventual consequence of Texas’s separation from Mexico.” (p. 41) Here you see Crisp laying out all the facts on this important date of the war, yet explaining to us his opinion of the matter and why it is that way. A few pages later (p. 49) he then walks us through his trail of documents he had followed to prove …show more content…

He presents his opinions based on facts and reasoning, and enlightens his readers with many truths that had been buried and hidden behind false beliefs. While digging deeper into myths surrounding the Alamo, Crisp uncovers hidden truths involving other historian’s information about facts like Davy Crockett’s memorable death (p. 65), the misquoted Houston speech (p. 49), and the validity of the de le Peña

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