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So, Collins fell in love with a myth made for television and profit. Collins also fell in love with a racist asshole, because Fess Parker earned money talking about how to shoot Indians as a form of entertainment for white kids.
Crockett actually stopped kicking it with Andrew Jackson for the genocidal acts he perpetrated against the Indians. So, Fess Parker was ignorant, on top of being a racist asshole. He writes that from to the slave population in Texas rose from 1, to 5, All persons of color who were slaves for life previous to their emigration to Texas, and who are now held in bondage, shall remain in the like state of servitude … Congress of Texas shall pass no laws to prohibit emigrants from the United State of America from bringing their slaves into the Republic with them … nor shall Congress have the power to emancipate slaves; nor shall any slaveholder be allowed to emancipate his or her slave or slaves…no free person of African descent either in whole or in part shall be permitted to reside permanently in the Republic without the consent of Congress.
As it is now the th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Alamo, which lasted from Feb. It is a book for those ready to confront bullshit history and ask who these mythologized people were.
The cast of characters typically raised up as exemplars of the American drive for freedom were on the whole a bunch of freedom-negating hucksters who had little to do with Texas, other than ransacking it and using it for illegal slave trading. United States law at the time permitted the buying and selling of black slaves in the southern states found inside US territory, not slaves from Africa; Lafitte got into the business using Cuba as a way station and the Bowie brothers Jim, Rezin, John became his associates.
The Bowie brothers actively broke the law to sell human beings for their own profit. This profit allowed Jim Bowie to buy a sugar plantation worked by slaves. From there in Arcadia he participated in land speculation and selling false titles. Truly, Jim Bowie was a scoundrel. Nor was he the only one to be so directly invested in the slave trade. Fannin built a company to bring slaves from the Congo to Cuba, and then on to Texas. Of the 88 men who voted for the convention delegates, 47 had only been in Texas a week.
There is also the racism the story of the Alamo set-off, racism continuing to today. Forgotten by the rebels was that they started the war to maintain slavery, allow unlimited immigration from the US to Mexico, and acquire land.
The demand for unlimited immigration seems quite ironic considering the militarized border presently. It is as if the whites are worried they might have happen to them what they did to others. They stood to possess a lot of land through their conquest of Texas, especially land they would later take from Mexicans. And as David Harvey has made us understand, accumulation is linked to dispossession.
It is natural to capitalism, and I guess as Texan as barbeque. Once more, a certain irony in human history. I write this then to demonstrate we should be wary of myth, wary of stories told to justify horror. Andrew Smolski is a writer and sociologist. If you enjoy what we offer, and have the means, please consider donating. The sooner we reach our modest goal, the faster we can get back to business as un usual. I digress.
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El Alamo by Paco Ignacio Taibo II (Trade Paper)
So, Collins fell in love with a myth made for television and profit. Collins also fell in love with a racist asshole, because Fess Parker earned money talking about how to shoot Indians as a form of entertainment for white kids. Crockett actually stopped kicking it with Andrew Jackson for the genocidal acts he perpetrated against the Indians. So, Fess Parker was ignorant, on top of being a racist asshole. He writes that from to the slave population in Texas rose from 1, to 5,
Paco Ignacio Taibo II ‘s Take on the Alamo
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