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  •  I've lived in Texas awhile... (17+ / 0-)

    and even when I'm in liberal Austin, surrounded by supporters of our current President, I still hear conversations that remind me that the speakers haven't yet given up holding on to the "glorious ideals" of the  Old South--which had nothing to do with slavery, and everything to do with states' rights, supposedly. (That the principal right which the southern states wanted to maintain was the right of holding humans in bondage seems to escape some people around here.)

    March 6th was the 157th anniversary of the fall of the Alamo, and one of my liberal friends, a lovely, highly educated lady, was bemoaning the fact that the younger generation was not observing this momentous occasion. I pointed out that a good many Texans with Hispanic roots might have a different view of history than she did. She found my observations a bit strange. Why would there be any alternative views of Texas history? FYI, this person is an admirer of Ann Richards and Molly Ivins and a strong supporter of Obama.

    The South is a different place, no doubt about it. Thanks for the post.

    •  You Should Move Out (0+ / 0-)

      I did.

    •  Considering the Mexicans won (0+ / 0-)

      the battle of the Alamo, I would venture more members of the younger generation of Hispanics could understandably celebrate the fall of the Alamo than anglo Texans of any age.  I'm a certified Texan and I don't understand why any Texan celebrates the fall of the Alamo.

      What amazes me is that hardly anyone down here celebrates San Jacinto Day - or even know when it is or what it is.

      Martyrs are celebrated forever; the real heroes, not so much.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 02:01:15 PM PDT

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      •  To me, Santa Ana was a hero (0+ / 0-)

        Marching his army thousands of miles, even through a brutal freak snowstorm, to keep Mexican Texas out of the hands of a bunch of redneck fanatics.  It's a tribute to the discipline and tenacity of his force.

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