HistoryDay1 - Notes January 24, 2010 The Alamo is the...

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Notes January 24, 2010 The Alamo is the purported origin of Texas society, claiming its past is a principal means of establishing groups and individuals as being heirs to the present. The main role of the Hispanic is that of the executioner. Alamo myth serves as an archetype of America’s mythological “regeneration through violence” Trace their ancestry to this “stone womb” The current struggle at the Alamo is for the future. 1691 – allows a focus on san Antonio’s beginnings which excludes the Alamo, the building now viewed by some Hispanics as the symbol of oppression by Anglos. The more frequently cited beginnings date for San Antonio is 1718. The year the Spanish government founded the Mission San Antonio de Valero, later known as the Alamo. The Mission san Antonio was the first mission in the frontier area. 1731 – Spanish gov sends fifteen families from the Canary Islands to help settle state recognized immigration agents known as empresarios selected colonists and enforce regulations of the state. [ most successful Stephen F. Austin] April 6, 1830 – Mexican law goes into effect, prohibits further immigration/rescinds contracts not yet completed. 3 reasons for migration: -within one hundred miles of mexico/us border - city has many Spanish speaking people -its industries required primarily unskilled labor Good Government League - “political arm of the San Antonio economic and social elite” Citizens Organized for Public Service – working for greater equity in city services for Hispanic areas of the city 1981- SA elects Henry Cisneros as mayor, the first Hispanic mayor since 1842 predominately anglo in north, blacks in east, and hispanics in west. Tourism – a vital industry within the city In the ongoing battle to claim SA’s past, the people living in the classic three townships on the north side of SA struggle to retain their reputations as the vessels of “culture” within the city. El Mercado/Market Square – “restored Mexican and Farmers Markets where open air shopping for piñatas, pottery, and produce is still a way of life” The more central River Walk sell ethnicity, that is, Mexican culture, within the city. The tourist sites on the north side of town serve as reservoirs of “culture” Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is located on Guadalupe Street in the west side barrios, on the other side of I-35 thoroughfare. “the cradle of Texas Liberty” – the Alamo the Alamo is the focal point for the most successful event in SA’s annual calendar, Fiest SA. The idea for an april celebration was made by a tourist from Chicago visiting SA. Fiesta history prepared by Institute of Texan Cultures. Money and society have always been the primary ingredients for Fiesta in SA. Elizabeth Kampmann was a descendant of one of the “first families” – people arriving after SFA founded his colonies in Texas just before the Revolution.
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Notes January 24, 2010 John Barron Carrington (1909) felt that more attention and significance should be given to the queen’s image in Spring Carnival –
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2010 for the course HIS 39271 taught by Professor Annemartinez during the Spring '10 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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