History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Reading list from HIST 4300: History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands syllabus

“Borders” and “Borderlands”

Jeremy Adelman, and Stephen Aron, “From Borderlands to Borders: Empires, Nation-States, and the Peoples in between in North American History,” The American Historical Review 104 (1999), 814-41.

Pekka Hämäläinen and Samuel Truett, “On Borderlands,” Journal of American History 98 (September 2011), 338-361.

Gloria E. Anzaldúa, “Towards a New Consciousness,” in Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (San Francisco: Aunt Lute Book, 1987), 77-91.

Early America

Juliana Barr, “A Diplomacy of Gender: Rituals of First Contact in the “Land of the Tejas,” The William and Mary Quarterly 61 (July 2004), 393-434.

Juliana Barr, “Geographies of Power: Mapping Indian Borders in the ‘Borderlands’ of the Early Southwest,” The William and Mary Quarterly 68 (January 2011), 5-46.

*Primary Source* Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca on native Texans (1542)

David J. Weber, The Spanish Frontier in North America: The Brief Edition (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009).

*Primary Source* José Maria Sánchez on Texas (1828)

Andrés Reséndez, “National Identity on a Shifting Border: Texas and New Mexico in the Age of Transition, 1821-1848,” The Journal of American History 86 (September 1999), 668-88.

The Mexican American War

Timothy Henderson, A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and its War with the United States (New York: Hill & Wang, 2007).

Brian Delay, “Independent Indians and the U.S. Mexican War,” The American Historical Review 112 (February 2007), 35-68.

Mexican American War Primary Source Packet:

  •      José Joaquin de Herrera, Proclamation Denouncing the United States [June 4, 1845].
  •      John O’Sullivan on “Manifest Destiny,” [July/August, 1845]
  •      Gen. Francisco Mejia, Proclamation [March 18, 1846].
  •      James K. Polk, Call for War [May 11, 1846].
  •      Henry Clay, the War with Mexico [November 13, 1847]
  •      Abraham Lincoln, House Speech [January 12, 1848]
  •      Frederick Douglass, “The War with Mexico,” [January 21, 1848]
  •      Ulysses S. Grant, Memoirs: Causes of the Mexican War [1885]

*Primary Source* Juan Seguín, “A Foreigner in My Own Land” (1858)

Slavery and Freedom

Sarah E. Cornell, “Citizens of Nowhere: Fugitive Slaves and Free African Americans in Mexico, 1833–1857,” Journal of American History 100 (September 2013), 351-374.

The Modern Borderlands

Alice L. Baumgartner, “The Line of Positive Safety: Borders and Boundaries in the Rio Grande Valley, 1848–1880,” Journal of American History 101 (March 2015), 1106-1122.

*Primary Source* John G. Bourke, “The American Congo,” Scribner’s Magazine (May 1894), 590-609.

Gladys A. Hodges, “Bridges across the Borderline: The Local Politics of Building the First International Rail Bridges in the Americas at the Two El Pasos, 1880-1883,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly 116 (July 2012), 26-38.

Gregg Cantrell, “Our Very Pronounced Theory of Equal Rights to All”: Race, Citizenship, and Populism in the South Texas Borderlands,” The Journal of American History (December 2013), 663-690.

Rodolfo Rocha, “The Tejano Revolt of 1915,” in Mexican Americans in Texas History: Selected Essays (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 2000), 103-120.

*Primary Source* Text of the Plan de San Diego

Grace Peña Delgado, “Border Control and Sexual Policing: White Slavery and Prostitution along the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1903-1910,” Western Historical Quarterly (Summer 2012), 157-178.

Immigration and Recent History

Kelly Lytle Hernández, Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol (Berkeley: University of California, 2010)

Cynthia E. Orozco, “The Mexican Colony of South Texas” and “Ideological Origins of the Movement,” in No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009), 17-62.

Thomas A. Guglielmo, “Fighting for Caucasian Rights: Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and the Transnational Struggle for Civil Rights in World War II Texas,” Journal of American History 92 (March 2006), 1212-1237.

Luis Alberto Urrea, The Devil’s Highway: A True Story (New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2004).

Maria Sacchetti, “The Unforgotten” Boston Globe (July 26, 2014).

Kelefa Sanneh, “Untangling the Immigration Debate,” The New Yorker (October 31, 2016).

Erik Lee et al, The State of the Border Report: A Comprehensive Analysis of the US–Mexico Border (Washington D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center, 2013).