Militarizing the Border When Mexicans Became the Enemy

ISBN-10: 160344758X
ISBN-13: 9781603447584
Edition: 2012
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Description: As historian Miguel Antonio Levario explains in this timely book, current tensions and controversy over immigration and law enforcement issues centered on the US-Mexico border are only the latest evidence of a long-standing atmosphere of uncertainty  More...

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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 9/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

As historian Miguel Antonio Levario explains in this timely book, current tensions and controversy over immigration and law enforcement issues centered on the US-Mexico border are only the latest evidence of a long-standing atmosphere of uncertainty and mistrust plaguing this region.Militarizing the Border: When Mexicans Became the Enemy, focusing on El Paso and its environs, examines the history of the relationship among law enforcement, military, civil, and political institutions, and local communities. In the years between 1895 and 1940, West Texas experienced intense militarization efforts by local, state, and federal authorities responding to both local and international circumstances. El Paso’s “Mexicanization” in the early decades of the twentieth century contributed to strong racial tensions between the region’s Anglo population and newly arrived Mexicans. Anglos and Mexicans alike turned to violence in order to deal with a racial situation rapidly spinning out of control.Highlighting a binational focus that sheds light on other US-Mexico border zones in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,Militarizing the Borderestablishes historical precedent for current border issues such as undocumented immigration, violence, and racial antagonism on both sides of the boundary line. This important evaluation of early US border militarization and its effect on racial and social relations among Anglos, Mexicans, and Mexican Americans will afford scholars, policymakers, and community leaders a better understanding of current policy . . . and its potential failure.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Cowboys and Bandidos: A Reexamination of the Texas Rangers
!Muerte a los grinaos!: The Santa Ysabel Massacre and the El Paso Race Riot of 1916
"How Mexicans Die": The El Paso City Jailhouse Holocaust
!Viua Villa!: The Columbus Raid and the Rise of the Mexican Enemy
"Agents under Fire": Prohibition, Immigration, and Border Law Enforcement
Conclusion
Epilogue: "Where the Bad Guys Are"
Post Returns for Fort Bliss, 1910-16
Demographic Growth in El Paso County and City, 1880-1930
Special Census of the Population of El Paso, Texas, 1916
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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