By Ron J. Jackson,Lee Spencer White,Phil Collins
The twenty-year-old Joe stood along with his grasp, Lieutenant Colonel Travis, opposed to the Mexican military within the early hours of March 6, 1836. After Travis fell, Joe watched the battle’s final moments from a hiding position. He was once later taken first to Bexar and puzzled by means of Santa Anna in regards to the Texan military, after which to the progressive capitol, the place he gave his testimony with obvious candor.
With those few proof in hand, Jackson and White searched via plantation ledgers, journals, memoirs, slave narratives, send logs, newspapers, letters, and courtroom records. Their decades-long attempt has printed the description of Joe’s biography, along a few startling evidence: so much particularly, that Joe used to be the more youthful brother of the recognized escaped slave and abolitionist narrator William Wells Brown, in addition to the grandson of mythical trailblazer Daniel Boone. This booklet lines Joe’s tale from his beginning in Kentucky via his lifestyles in slavery—which, in a gruesome irony, resumed after he took half within the Texans’ conflict for independence—to his eventual break out and disappearance into the shadows of history.
Joe, the Slave Who grew to become an Alamo Legend recovers a real American personality from obscurity and expands our view of occasions important to the emergence of Texas.