Publication Date

January 2019




Texas A&M University Press


This is an unconventional book on a sub-region of Texas, known today as the Lower Rio Grande Valley. While the main focus of the bulk of the essays are on social, economic, and political affairs that pertain to the standard Civil War period, the editors attempt, with some success, to enlarge the story using the idea that the region’s history should be viewed in the context of the consolidation of the United States as its army and citizens marched South and West. The authors address key themes from the Mexican American War to the 1870s. Strictly speaking, three essays address military matters, two social history, two race relations, and two archaeology. In addition, two of the longer essays cover the general background history of the region from its Hispanic origins and war and politics in Mexico and the U.S. for the period 1846-1876. The latter essay ends with the rise of the dictator Porfirio Diaz, who terminated Mexico’s endemic civil wars and commenced the process of national consolidation...