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United States-Mexican Border in the Twentieth Centuryby David E. Lorey
Synopses & Reviews
The 2,000-mile-long international boundary between the United States and Mexico gives shape to a unique social, economic, and cultural entity. David Lorey here offers the first comprehensive treatment of the fascinating evolution of the region over the past century. Exploring the evolution of a distinct border society, Lorey traces broad themes in the region's history, including geographical constraints, boom-and-bust cycles, and outside influences. He also examines the seminal twentieth-century events that have shaped life in the area, such as Prohibition, World War II, and economic globalization. Bringing the analysis up to the present, the book considers such divisive issues as the distinction between legal and illegal migration, trends in transboundary migrant flows, and North American free trade. Informative and accessible, this valuable study is ideal for courses on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, Chicano studies, Mexican history, and Mexican-American history.
About the Author
\David E. Lorey is program officer for Latin America at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California.
Table of Contents
Defining the region, objectives, and approaches — Distinguishing characteristics and early history: frontier, borderlands, border region ; The Colonial Period: life on a New World frontier ; From frontier to borderlands ; Conflict between the United States and Mexico ; Early border phenomena — Booms and busts on the border: economic development, 1880s to 1920s ; The first border boom, 1880-1910 ; The border economy during the Mexican Revolution ; Prohibition on the border ; Early free trade — Life on the border: social change, 1880s to 1930s ; 1880s to 1910 ; Causes of the Mexican Revolution ; The social character of the Revolution in the Mexican North ; The Revolutionary period on the U.S. side of the border ; Transboundary population movements during the Revolution, Prohibition, and Depression — Booms and busts on the border, 1930s and 1940s ; The Great Depression ; World War II — Economic trends since 1950: legacies of the wartime economy ; The border economy comes of age ; Mexican government policy and the border: PRONAF and BIP--the Maquiladoras — The consequences of rapid growth in the border region: social change and cultural change since the 1940s ; Population and migration ; Urbanization ; Mexican Americans. The impact of migration on sending communities. Cultural evolutions. — U.S.-Mexican relations at the border: 1890s to 1990s ; The elusive boundary: water, environmental issues, and drug trafficking ; Migration ; NAFTA in the border region.
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