In this widely praised collection of essays, Weber explores the complex ways that myth and history have intersected in the remembrance of the Southwest's Hispanic past. Weber's engaging essays on the works of such respected scholars as Herbert Eugene Bolton, Frederick Jackson Turner, and John Francis Bannon examine the practice of history, particularly its myth-making power. Other essays reconsider specific moments in the region's past, such as his provocative reassessment of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution.
David J Weber is director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. His prize-winning books include: The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846: The American Southwest under Mexico and Myth and the History of the Hispanic Southwest, both from UNM Press.