Factors of the Historical Narrative of early 19th Century Texas

Factors of the Historical Narrative of early 19th Century Texas

The narrative of early nineteenth century Texas history is a familiar one to most long-time residents of the state. It is a story that focuses largely on the heroic struggle of Anglo-Texan colonists against the Mexican armies of Santa Anna, at battles such as the Alamo and San Jacinto. As we discussed in class, however, historical narratives do not emerge independently. Instead, they are crafted, consciously or unconsciously, by specific groups to reflect their own interests. ESSAY QUESTION: In your view, what are the most important factors that have shaped the historical narrative of early nineteenth century Texas? Provide specific examples to support your point of view. Please be sure to draw upon lectures, the two films, as well as the assigned readings. You may use materials from earlier units if you wish, but your argument must be grounded in the issues and concepts examined in Part Four. Also, remember that a specific event is often a symptom of a broader phenomenon. To answer the question effectively, you must focus on broad conceptual issues that help to explain why this particular historical narrative emerged the way it did.