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Emily: Lord... I come to you alone... weak... sick at heart... and awful stained. Why- Why you put me in this time and place... when so many suffer? As a child, we had bad eating— stale bread and rotten meat fed to us in troughs like hogs. Rough, smelly men— they came to me in the dead of night... when I still slept with rag dolls. You made those men covet me. Made me beautiful. That's a curse. A plain black woman lives by her labors, has some kind of home. A husband and children who love her. Help her endure. This beauty- it bring me plenty of men, but not one who loves me. Not one who walks beside me in this world. Learning me to read and write's supposed to lift me up, make me better. It ain't so. My heart grows so cold. I don't feel nothing. I'm burning alive in the fire of my own rage. I don't live. I survive. I exist.
Emily: I hear they call you the Napoleon of the West.
Santa Ana: After I defeated the Spanish at Veracruz... the Texas Telegraph started calling me that. I have fought and won more battles than Bonaparte.
Emily: Mexican War of Independence. Is that much different from what the Texians are doing?
Santa Ana: But of course. Texas is our land.
Rusk: Sam, the problem is you.
Houston: Relieve me of my command, Mr. Secretary, but do not insult me. Whoever you put in my place...will still be left...with untrained, undisciplined soldiers...and impudent, disloyal officers.
David: What is it about you, Sam? What spell do you hold over Texas?
Houston: Maybe it's because everybody here is just like me. They see me rise in spite of my flaws, and they know they can too. It's not me they celebrate, David. It's hope.
- Well, we ain't no altar boys.
- No, we ain't.
- Texas don't need them. It's what we do from now on that counts. Now I know I can count on all you miscreants.
Sign at an outpost entrance: "Only law west of Victoria except God... can serve as a preacher in a pinch. No shooting. No cussing. No fighting." "And absolutely no spitting on the goddamn floor. "
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http://www.history.com/shows/texas-rising/about From the same team that brought us the multiple Emmy Award-winning and ratings-record breaking HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, TEXAS RISING is a 10-hour event series that details the Texas Revolution and the rise of the Texas Rangers. Texas Rising stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Crispin Glover, Rhys Coiro, Jeremy Davies, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Christopher McDonald, Max Thieriot, Chad Michael Murray, Trevor Donovan, Robert Knepper, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow and Kris Kristofferson, and is directed by two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission). In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. Crushed from the outside by Mexican armadas and attacked from within by ferocious Comanche tribes—no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the cruel rule of the Mexican General Santa Anna (Martinez). The heroic General Sam Houston (Paxton), the rag tag Rangers and the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas” lead this story of the human will to win against insurmountable odds. At the end, the Texas flags stood tall and victorious, claiming a piece of history for all eternity.
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