A friend writes: "You have a couple of predictable and amusing comments defending Jeffrey Goldberg & the valiant defenders of the Alamo. Their argument reminds me of the argument that your average honky fought the civil war to defend the "southern way of life"--as if drinking sweet tea and eating hush puppies required resorting to arms to keep those darn Yanks from taking that away. Let them eat John Quincy Adams:
USNews: The slavery question has muddied the pristine image of the . John Quincy Adams, two months after the Alamo, argued on the floor of the U.S. House that "the war now raging in Texas is a and a war for the re-establishment of slavery where it was abolished."
Texas to support the Mexican government over the Texian rebellionspared several of the Texians found at the Alamo. He freed both Travis's slave, Joe, and Bowie's freedman, Sam, because they were or had been slaves, and he hoped the act of mercy would convince other slaves in
However, the problem for the slave-owning crowd was that the fledgling national government in Mexico City threatened to restrict or abolish slavery on Mexican land.
So the Texas colonists organized a convention in March, 1836 to establish the issues for which they would do battle with the Mexican government. In a two-week period they adopted a declaration of independence from Mexico, declared a republic, and produced a constitution for that republic. All of this activity occurred during the siege of the Alamo.
Finally, Richard Silverstein has whacked the Trumpeldor story from a different angle.