Troublesome Border

Author: Oscar J‡quez Mart’nez

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816525577

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 182

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ÒU.S. residents are largely unaware that Mexicans also view their northern border with concern, and at times even alarm. Border communities, such as Ciudad Ju‡rez and Tijuana, have long been subjected to heavy criticism from Mexico City and other interior areas for their close ties to the United States, a country viewed with apprehension and suspicion by the Mexican citizenry.Ó Oscar Mart’nezÕs words may come as a surprise to those who associate the U.S. southern border with banditry, racial strife, illegal migration, drug smuggling, and official corruptionÑall attributed to Mexico. In Troublesome Border, now revised to reflect the dramatic changes over the last two decades, a distinguished scholar and long-time resident of the border area addresses these and other problems that have caused increasing concern to federal governments on both sides of the border. This second edition of Troublesome Border has been updated and revised to cover dramatic developments since the bookÕs first publication in 1988 that have once again transformed the region in fundamental ways. Martinez includes new information on migration and drugs, including the extraordinary rise of violence traced largely to the rampant illegal drug trade; the devastating effects of U.S. Border Patrol ÒblockadesÓ that have resulted in thousands of deaths; and the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The World of the American West

Author: Gordon Morris Bakken

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136931597

Category: History

Page: 664

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The World of the American West is an innovative collection of original essays that brings the world of the American West to life, and conveys the distinctiveness of this diverse, constantly changing region. Twenty scholars incorporate the freshest research in the field to take the history of the American West out of its timeworn "Cowboys and Indians" stereotype right up into the major issues being discussed today, from water rights to the presence of the defense industry. Other topics covered in this heavily illustrated, highly accessible volume include the effects of leisure and tourism, western women, politics and politicians, Native Americans in the twentieth century, and of course, oil. With insight both informative and unexpected, The World of the American West offers perspectives on the latest developments affecting the modern American West, providing essential reading for all scholars and students of the field so that they may better understand the vibrant history of this globally significant, ever-evolving region of North America.

Baseball on the Border

A Tale of Two Laredos

Author: Alan M. Klein

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400884527

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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From 1985 to 1994 there existed a significant but unheralded experiment in professional baseball. For ten seasons, the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos (The Owls of the Two Laredos) were the only team in professional sports to represent two nations. Playing in the storied Mexican League (an AAA affiliate of major league baseball), the "Tecos" had home parks on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, in Laredo, Texas and in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. In true border fashion, Mexican and American national anthems were played before each game, and the Tecos were operated by interests in both cities. Baseball on the Border is the story of the rise and unexpected demise of this surprising team. For Alan Klein, a cultural anthropologist specializing in sport, "the border" is almost a nation of its own. Having formed teams of players from both sides of the Rio Grande for almost a century, organizers and followers of the "Border Birds" often join forces but just as frequently squabble with each other in a chronic border tension. Throughout the book, Klein includes firsthand observations of the team and descriptions of its players. Readers will meet Dan Firova, the Tecos' beleaguered manager, a border-region native who nevertheless finds himself a target of the Mexican media. The "Ugly American," Willie Waite, is a young pitcher whose stunning success does nothing to diminish the disdain he has for his Mexican teammates. Ernesto Barraza, "The Trickster," once threw a no-hitter on only seventy-three pitches (on April Fool's Day, appropriately enough), but occasionally shows up at the park missing part of his uniform. And then there is Andres Mora, an aged slugger who, despite three seasons in major league baseball and a life of personal excesses, came within a few home runs of setting the all-time Mexican League record. This is just part of the roster of the Tecos and only a fraction of the lineup of Baseball on the Border. Anyone with an interest in baseball will be enlightened and entertained by this informative book.

Line in the Sand

A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border

Author: Rachel St. John

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400838639

Category: History

Page: 296

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Line in the Sand details the dramatic transformation of the western U.S.-Mexico border from its creation at the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848 to the emergence of the modern boundary line in the first decades of the twentieth century. In this sweeping narrative, Rachel St. John explores how this boundary changed from a mere line on a map to a clearly marked and heavily regulated divide between the United States and Mexico. Focusing on the desert border to the west of the Rio Grande, this book explains the origins of the modern border and places the line at the center of a transnational history of expanding capitalism and state power in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Moving across local, regional, and national scales, St. John shows how government officials, Native American raiders, ranchers, railroad builders, miners, investors, immigrants, and smugglers contributed to the rise of state power on the border and developed strategies to navigate the increasingly regulated landscape. Over the border's history, the U.S. and Mexican states gradually developed an expanding array of official laws, ad hoc arrangements, government agents, and physical barriers that did not close the line, but made it a flexible barrier that restricted the movement of some people, goods, and animals without impeding others. By the 1930s, their efforts had created the foundations of the modern border control apparatus. Drawing on extensive research in U.S. and Mexican archives, Line in the Sand weaves together a transnational history of how an undistinguished strip of land became the significant and symbolic space of state power and national definition that we know today.

Federal Immigration Law Enforcement in the Southwest

Civil Rights Impacts on Border Communities

Author: John F. Dulles

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 0788171976

Category: Civil rights

Page: 125

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Reports on testimony & other reports & documents from the proceedings of two public forums on U.S.-Mexico border-related civil rights issues. Topics addressed include: relationships between Federal immigration law enforcement agencies & border communities, adequacy & accessibility of complaint procedures relating to allegations of misconduct, & information on the conduct & operations of Federal immigration law enforcement relating to civil rights protections. Covers the following states: Arizona, California, New Mexico, & Texas. Tables.

Border Contraband

A History of Smuggling across the Rio Grande

Author: George T. Díaz

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292761082

Category: Social Science

Page: 255

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Present-day smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border is a professional, often violent, criminal activity. However, it is only the latest chapter in a history of illicit business dealings that stretches back to 1848, when attempts by Mexico and the United States to tax commerce across the Rio Grande upset local trade and caused popular resentment. Rather than acquiesce to what they regarded as arbitrary trade regulations, borderlanders continued to cross goods and accepted many forms of smuggling as just. In Border Contraband, George T. Díaz provides the first history of the common, yet little studied, practice of smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border. In Part I, he examines the period between 1848 and 1910, when the United States' and Mexico's trade concerns focused on tariff collection and on borderlanders' attempts to avoid paying tariffs by smuggling. Part II begins with the onset of the Mexican Revolution in 1910, when national customs and other security forces on the border shifted their emphasis to the interdiction of prohibited items (particularly guns and drugs) that threatened the state. Díaz's pioneering research explains how greater restrictions have transformed smuggling from a low-level mundane activity, widely accepted and still routinely practiced, into a highly profitable professional criminal enterprise.

Border people

life and society in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands

Author: Óscar Jáquez Martínez

Publisher: Univ of Arizona Pr

ISBN: 9780816513963

Category: History

Page: 352

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Looks at life on the Mexican border, including the ethnicity, attitudes, and place of residence of those who live there, and how they interact with other residents

The Undeveloped West

Or, Five Years in the Territories: Being a Complete History of that Vast Region Between the Mississippi and the Pacific, Its Resources, Climate, Inhabitants, and Natural Curiosities, Etc., Etc. Life and Adventure on Prairies, Mountains, and the Pacific Coast. With Two Hundred and Forty Illustrations, from Original Sketches and Photographic Views of the Senery ... of the Great West

Author: John Hanson Beadle

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: West (U.S.)

Page: 1

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Consuming Mexican Labor

From the Bracero Program to NAFTA

Author: Ronald Mize,Alicia Swords

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442604093

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Mexican migration to the United States and Canada is a highly contentious issue in the eyes of many North Americans, and every generation seems to construct the northward flow of labor as a brand new social problem. The history of Mexican labor migration to the United States, from the Bracero Program (1942-1964) to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), suggests that Mexicans have been actively encouraged to migrate northward when labor markets are in short supply, only to be turned back during economic downturns. In this timely book, Mize and Swords dissect the social relations that define how corporations, consumers, and states involve Mexican immigrant laborers in the politics of production and consumption. The result is a comprehensive and contemporary look at the increasingly important role that Mexican immigrants play in the North American economy.

Enemy Combatant

My Imprisonment at Guantanamo, Bagram, and Kandahar

Author: Moazzam Begg,Victoria Brittain

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595587330

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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When Enemy Combatant was first published in the United States in hardcover in 2006 it garnered sensational reviews, and its author was featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, on National Public Radio, and on ABC News. A second generation British Muslim, Begg had been held by the U.S. military for more than three years before being released without charge in January of 2005. His memoir is the first published account by a Guantánamo detainee of life inside the infamous prison. Writing in the Washington Post Book World, Jane Mayer described Enemy Combatant as “fascinating . . . Begg provides some ideological counterweight to the one–sided spin coming from the U.S. government. He writes passionately and personally, stripping readers of the comforting lie that somehow the detainees aren’t really like us, with emotional attachments, intellectual interests and fully developed humanity.” Recommended by the Financial Times and Tikkun magazine and a ColorLines Editors’ Pick of Post–9/11 Books, Enemy Combatant is “a forcefully told, up-to-the-minute political story . . . necessary reading for people on all sides of the issue” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

The Illusion of Ignorance

Constructing the American Encounter with Mexico, 1877-1920

Author: Janice Lee Jayes

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761853545

Category: History

Page: 244

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This book examines the American cultural encounter with Porfirian Mexico in order to understand the U.S.encounter with the world. American ignorance of other nations is not merely a barrier to understanding, but a strategy Americans have chosen to maintain their illusion of U.S. international leadership.

United States–Latin American Relations, 1850–1903

Establishing a Relationship

Author: Thomas M. Leonard

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817358234

Category: History

Page: 311

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United StatesLatin American Relations, 18501903 is a collection of essays that provide an in-depth analysis of the developing relationship between the Americas during the critical period from the Mexican War to the Panama Canal treaty of 1903.

Cleopatra to Christ

Jesus was descended from the Ptolemaic royal line of Egypt.

Author: Ralph Ellis

Publisher: Edfu Books

ISBN: 1905815247

Category: History

Page: N.A

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===epub Format=== . Why was the birth of a poor carpenter " in the first century AD attended by the Magi: the Persian king-makers? Why was Jesus later known as the King of the Jews "? Using many strands of contemporary evidence, Ralph Ellis has pieced together a historical jigsaw puzzle demonstrating that the biblical Jesus was directly descended from Cleopatra VII, the most famous queen of Egypt. But this is not all, for, in piecing this story together, it would seem that Jesus also had an aristocratic Roman and royal Persian ancestry too; and it is the latter bloodline element that explains the appearance of Persian Magi at his birth. Sequel to "Jesus, Last of the Pharaohs". Followed by "King Jesus". L

An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics

Foundations, Values and Issues

Author: Peter Harvey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521556408

Category: Religion

Page: 478

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Systematic introduction to Buddhist ethics aimed at anyone interested in Buddhism.

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

A Legacy of Conflict

Author: Richard Griswold del Castillo

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806124780

Category: History

Page: 251

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Signed in 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the war between the United States and Mexico and gave a large portion of Mexico’s northern territories to the United States. The language of the treaty was designed to deal fairly with the people who became residents of the United States by default. However, as Richard Griswold del Castillo points out, articles calling for equality and protection of civil and property rights were either ignored or interpreted to favor those involved in the westward expansion of the United States rather than the Mexicans and Indians living in the conquered territories.

U.S.-Mexico borderlands

historical and contemporary perspectives

Author: Oscar Jáquez Martínez

Publisher: Scholarly Resources Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 264

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"Excellent collection of scholarly essays and primary documents. Covers 1830s-1990s, with the emphasis on the post-1910 era. Work is divided into seven sections, each covering a key issue in borderlands history. Good introduction to each entry"--Handbooko

Mirrors of the Unseen

Journeys in Iran

Author: Jason Elliot

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466837829

Category: Travel

Page: 432

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In our current climate of war and suspicion, Iran is depicted as the "next" rogue nation that America and the world must "deal with." But the rhetoric about nuclear weapons and jihad obscures the real Iran: an ancient nation and culture, both sophisticated and isolated, which still exists clandestinely in major cities as well as the country's remote mountains and deserts. Jason Elliot has spent the last four years traveling in Iran, and in this remarkable book he reveals the many sides of the culture, art, architecture, and people that Westerners cannot see or conveniently ignore. Part close reading of symbols and images, part history, and part intimate interviews with Iranians of many different kinds—from wealthy aristocrats at forbidden parties to tribal horsemen in the most remote mountain villages, who have never seen a Westerner—Mirrors of the Unseen is a beautiful and thought-provoking book by one of the world's most acclaimed adventurers and authors.