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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 pa
The 2,000-mile-long international boundary between the United States and Mexico gives shape to a unique social, economic, and cultural entity. The U.S.-Mexican Border in the Twentieth Century is the first comprehensive treatment of the unique evolution of the border region from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.
The U.S.-Mexico border area has the distinction of being the only place in the world where a "developed" country and a "developing" nation meet, overlap, and interact. This book draws on the findings of the classic literature, new research, and the most recent data to explore the different roles that external influences and internal developments have played in shaping the region.
The 2,000-mile-long international boundary between the United States and Mexico gives shape to a unique social, economic and cultural entity. The U.S.-Mexican Border in the Twentieth Century is the first comprehensive treatment of the unique evoluti
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-187) and index.
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.