Continental Crossroads: Remapping U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History

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Samuel Truett, Elliott Young
Duke University Press, 2004 - History - 344 pages
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Published in Cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University.

The U.S.-Mexico borderlands have long supported a web of relationships that transcend the U.S. and Mexican nations. Yet national histories usually overlook these complex connections. Continental Crossroads rediscovers this forgotten terrain, laying the foundations for a new borderlands history at the crossroads of Chicano/a, Latin American, and U.S. history. Drawing on the historiographies and archives of both the U.S. and Mexico, the authors chronicle the transnational processes that bound both nations together between the early nineteenth century and the 1940s, the formative era of borderlands history.

A new generation of borderlands historians examines a wide range of topics in frontier and post-frontier contexts. The contributors explore how ethnic, racial, and gender relations shifted as a former frontier became the borderlands. They look at the rise of new imagined communities and border literary traditions through the eyes of Mexicans, Anglo-Americans, and Indians, and recover transnational border narratives and experiences of African Americans, Chinese, and Europeans. They also show how surveillance and resistance in the borderlands inflected the “body politics” of gender, race, and nation. Native heroine Bárbara Gandiaga, Mexican traveler Ignacio Martínez, Kiowa warrior Sloping Hair, African American colonist William H. Ellis, Chinese merchant Lee Sing, and a diverse cast of politicos and subalterns, gendarmes and patrolmen, and insurrectos and exiles add transnational drama to the formerly divided worlds of Mexican and U.S. history.

Contributors. Grace Peña Delgado, Karl Jacoby, Benjamin Johnson, Louise Pubols, Raúl Ramos, Andrés Reséndez, Bárbara O. Reyes, Alexandra Minna Stern, Samuel Truett, Elliott Young

 

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Contents

Making Transnational History Nations Regions and Borderlands
1
Frontier Legacies
33
Béxar in MexicanIndian Relations
35
Patriarchy and Power in Mexican California 18001880
67
Borderland Stories
95
Race Agency and Memory in a Baja California Mission
97
An Expedition and Its Many Tales
121
Ignacio Martinezs Travel Narratives
151
The Alternative Borderlands of William H Ellis and the African American Colony of 1895
209
Emilio Kosterlitzky and the Transformation of the USMexico Borderlands 18731928
241
Body Politics
271
The Plan de San Diego Uprising and the Making of the Modern TexasMexican Borderlands
273
Masculinity Race and the Creation of the US Border Patrol 19101940
299
Borderlands Unbound
325
Contributors
329
Index
331

Transnational Identities
181
Changing Categories of Race and Class among Chinese Fronterizos 18821904
183

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Samuel Truett is Assistant Professor of History at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Elliott Young is Associate Professor of History at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon; he is the author of Catarino Garza's Revolution on the Texas-Mexico Border, published by Duke University Press.

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