War along the Border: The Mexican Revolution and Tejano Communities - University of Houston Series in Mexican American Studies, Sponsored by the Cente (Hardback)Arnoldo De Leon (editor), Sonia Hernandez (author of contributions), Thomas H. Kreneck (author of contributions), Gerald Horne (author of contributions), Margaret Stevens (author of contributions), George T. Diaz (author of contributions), Juanita Luna Lawhn (author of contributions), Trinidad Gonzales (author of contributions), Paul Hart (author of contributions), Roberto R. Trevino (author of contributions)
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In 1910 Francisco Madero, in exile in San Antonio, Texas, launched a revolution that changed the face of Mexico. The conflict also unleashed violence and instigated political actions that kept that nation unsettled for more than a decade. As in other major uprisings around the world, the revolution's effects were not contained within the borders of the embattled country. Indeed, the Mexican Revolution touched communities on the Texas side of the Rio Grande from Brownsville to El Paso. Fleeing refugees swelled the populations of South Texas towns and villages and introduced nationalist activity as exiles and refugees sought to extend moral, financial, and even military aid to those they supported in Mexico. Raiders from Mexico clashed with Texas ranchers over livestock and property, and bystanders as well as partisans died in the conflict.
One hundred years later, Mexico celebrated the memory of the revolution, and scholars in Mexico and the United States sought to understand the effects of the violence on their own communities. War along the Border, edited by noted Tejano scholar Arnoldo De Leon, is the result of an important conference hosted by the University of Houston's Center for Mexican American Studies.
Scholars contributing to this volume consider topics ranging from the effects of the Mexican Revolution on Tejano and African American communities to its impact on Texas' economy and agriculture. Other essays consider the ways that Mexican Americans north of the border affected the course of the revolution itself. The work collected in this important book not only recaps the scholarship done to date but also suggests fruitful lines for future inquiry. War along the Border suggests new ways of looking at a watershed moment in Mexican American history and reaffirms the trans-national scope of Texas history.
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
--Douglas W Richmond"Professor of History" (08/04/2011)
"Revisiting old themes--Rangers, the Plan of San Diego--and exploring new ones--women, African Americans--War Along the Border reminds us that Mexican history is Texas history and vice versa. The essays in this volume offer insights into Texas-Mexico relations and reminders that our present concerns over immigration, border violence, and contraband are nothing new, but instead reflect the ongoing strains among societies that have lived in dynamic tension for almost two centuries." -- Dr. J. F. de la Teja, Regents Professor, Department of History, Texas State University-San Marcos
"The essays in this anthology typically reflect careful scholarship, thoughtful analysis, and skillful exposition. Furthermore, they convincingly demonstrate the value of viewing Tejano history from an international perspective and suggest the rich variety of themes that this potentially fertile field of investigation offers for future studies of the Tejano experience."--Michael M./i>
--Michael M. Smith"Southwestern Historical Quarterly" (05/07/2013)
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