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Bordertown: The Odyssey of an American Place (Lamar Series in Western History)

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Mexico and America have met for eight generations on their shared border. In this compelling book, photographer Jeffrey Gusky and historian Benjamin Johnson capture this encounter through their mesmerizing portrayal of Roma, Texas.

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European culture left its mark here, but it was brought by mixed-race, Spanish-speaking pioneers who practiced Muslim irrigation techniques and believed that they were descended from Jews. Triumphant American armies made this region part of the United States, but the descendants of those they conquered have fought in every American conflict from the Civil War to Iraq. Racial strife divided this land, but slaves gained freedom by fleeing south to Mexico and Hispanics reacquired wealth and power by buying out Anglos. Although today the area is one of the poorest in the United States, the fortune that founded Citibank was made here and the town has inspired such authors as John Steinbeck and Larry McMurtry.

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In a time when the border is a source of controversy and division, Johnsonand#8217;s unexpected stories and Guskyand#8217;s haunting photographs demonstrate how deeply the story of the border is also the story of America itself.

About the Author

Benjamin Heber Johnson is associate professor, Department of History, Southern Methodist University. He is the author of Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and Its Bloody Suppression Turned Mexicans into Americans, published by Yale University Press. He lives in Dallas. Jeffrey Gusky is an emergency physician, a fine art photographer, and a documentary film producer. He is the author of a previous art photography book, Silent Places: Landscapes of Jewish Life and Loss in Eastern Europe. He lives in Dallas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300139280
Author:
Johnson, Benjamin He
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Photographer:
Gusky, Jeffrey
Foreword by:
Urrea, Luis Alberto
Foreword:
Urrea, Luis Alberto
Author:
Johnson, Benjamin Heber
Author:
Urrea, Luis Alberto
Author:
Gusky, Jeffrey
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Photo Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Southwest
Subject:
Photoessays & Documentaries
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Mexican-american border region
Subject:
Mexican-American Border Region History.
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Lamar Series in Western History
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
148 b/w illus.
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 9.5 x 0.78 in 2.1 lb

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