Inherit the Alamo: Myth and Ritual at an American Shrine by Holly Beachley Brear (review)

Inherit the Alamo: Myth and Ritual at an American Shrine by Holly Beachley Brear (University of Texas Press, 1995)

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Inherit the Alamo: Myth and Ritual at an American Shrine by Holly Beachley Brear (review)

by James E. Crisp
Southern Cultures, Vol. 2, No. 1: Fall 1995

University of Texas Press, 1995

What can one learn about history from a trip to the Alamo? Quite a lot—especially if one is prepared to approach the site with the critical eye and the sensitive ear of the anthropologist. The first lesson to be learned from Holly Brear’s wide-ranging but perhaps too brief study of myth and ritual at this “American shrine” is that history—not the past itself but its contemporary exposition—is viewed by a great many people as something far too important to be left in the hands of historians.

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