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    Palo Alto Battlefield

    National Historical Park Texas

Straight Talk DVD Now Available

Straight Talk Symposium
Dr. Winders, Dr. Michael Scott Van Wagenen and Brody Van Wagenen

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News Release Date: July 17, 2012
Contact: Karen Weaver, 956-541-2785 ext. 332

Copies of "Straight Talk: The Real Stories of the U.S.-Mexican War" are now available. This two-day symposium set the record straight on common misconceptions and myths about this time period. Four history professors and noted published authors cut through the legends and misrepresentations and gave an entertaining, but complete view of history.

The DVD covers the following topics:

Origins of the US-Mexican War: Views from South of the Rio Grande
Dr. Stanley Green, Texas A&M International University, explores different perspectives about the causes of the war

Great Myths of Texas: What's True, What's Not

Dr. Jerry Thompson, Texas A&M International, challenges the validity of popular myths about Texas and early statehood

Who Really Fought the War?
Dr. Bruce Winders, historian at the Alamo, provides insight into the backgrounds of the soldiers of both nations

Soldiers and Officers: Views of Texas and Northern Mexico
Dr. Armando Alonzo, Texas A&M University, concludes with guidance on using primary sources to debunk myths and clarify history

Did You Know?

Battle of Palo Alto

The battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma introduced a new form of news gathering. Following the clashes, many newspapers sent reporters to the Rio Grande to cover the unfolding events, ushering in the era of the war correspondent.