Fugitive Landscapes: The Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

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Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - History - 272 pages
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Published in Cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest StudiesIn the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Mexicans and Americans joined together to transform the U.S.–Mexico borderlands into a crossroads of modern economic development. This book reveals the forgotten story of their ambitious dreams and their ultimate failure to control this fugitive terrain.
Focusing on a mining region that spilled across the Arizona–Sonora border, this book shows how entrepreneurs, corporations, and statesmen tried to domesticate nature and society within a transnational context. Efforts to tame a “wild” frontier were stymied by labor struggles, social conflict, and revolution. Fugitive Landscapes explores the making and unmaking of the U.S.–Mexico border, telling how ordinary people resisted the domination of empires, nations, and corporations to shape transnational history on their own terms.  By moving beyond traditional national narratives, it offers new lessons for our own border-crossing age.

 

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I read this book to prepare for an NEH Summer Seminar on the history and ecology of the US/Mexico border. I was intrigued by the thesis--that the borderlands have escaped our varied attempts to subdue/tame them. Read full review

Contents

Part II Border Crossings
53
Part III Contested Terrain
131
Remapping the Borderlands
178
Notes
185
Bibliography
229
Index
249
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Samuel Truett is associate professor, Department of History, University of New Mexico.

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