Raul Ramos makes a guest posting on the University of North Carolina Press blog regarding his Beyond the Alamo: Forging Mexican Ethnicity in San Antonio, 1821-1861.
Ramos begins: "This Saturday marks the anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, the battle that ended the 13-day siege on the fort by the Mexican Army. The date carries added meaning this year as the Texas State Board of Education decides on the social studies standards affecting the education of the state's public school children. Debates over the standards have garnered national attention especially since they impact how textbooks will be written for the nation's largest market. It was the subject of a recent New York Times Magazine cover story. When it comes to Texas history, few if any events carry the emotional weight of the Alamo. The governor even invokes the memory of Texas Independence to score political points with the anti-Washington crowd." Read more at