Book Reviews for nineteenth-century Ranger history. All article authors provide excellent notes and sources for further study of early Texas Ranger history. In addition, the editors include a good selected bibliography of secondary sources that provides a range of detailed accounts of early Ranger activities and biographies. Texas State University-San Marcos Richard Duncan Militarizing the Border: When Mexicans Became the Enemy. By Miguel Antonio Levario. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2012. Pp. 312. Illustrations, appendices, notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 9781603447584, $38.95 cloth.) As he explains in the introduction to Militarizing the Border, historian Miguel Antonio Levario experienced an intellectual awakening on a routine drive to his El Paso high school in 1993. That morning, Levario noticed a cluster of U.S. Border Patrol vehicles deployed along the Rio Grande, which, he learned afterwards, was part of Operation Hold the Line, an effort aimed at preventing an "immigrant invasion" from Mexico that some area residents were convinced was imminent. That encounter left Levario perplexed and angry, but it also aroused in him an enduring curiosity about "militarization and migration from Mexico, its causes and explanations" (xi). The result of Levario's investigations into those questions is Militarizing the Border, which
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Sep 18, 2013
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