Racial Dynamics in Early Twentieth-Century Austin, Texas by Jason McDonald (review)

Racial Dynamics in Early Twentieth-Century Austin, Texas by Jason McDonald (review) Southwestern Historical Quarterly October in recent years, than the trans-Nueces portion of the Lone Star State. For another, Levario raises fascinating questions--especially in chapter three--about the role of racism in public health campaigns of the day, while revealing, in chapter four, how Villa used the El Paso city jailhouse fire to inspire his own troops before their brief but infamous cross-border raid. But the book also has its limitations, starting with the heavy theoretical frame that crowds the introduction but is then promptly (if mercifully) abandoned immediately afterwards. Moreover, readers unfamiliar with Texas history of this period would have benefited from a more extensive survey of the state's nineteenth-century past; the chapter on the Rangers, for example, begins almost in medias res with the El Paso Salt War of 1877, ignoring the critical "prehistory" of the force as a product of the strained race relations in Texas that date to the arrival of Anglos in the 1820s. Finally, Levario's tone is at times too heavy-handed, leaving one to wish that the author had allowed his evidence--abundant and meticulously assembled--to do more of the talking. Still, Militarizing the Border is a solid contribution to the historiography of race in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southwestern Historical Quarterly Texas State Historical Association

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Southwestern Historical Quarterly October in recent years, than the trans-Nueces portion of the Lone Star State. For another, Levario raises fascinating questions--especially in chapter three--about the role of racism in public health campaigns of the day, while revealing, in chapter four, how Villa used the El Paso city jailhouse fire to inspire his own troops before their brief but infamous cross-border raid. But the book also has its limitations, starting with the heavy theoretical frame that crowds the introduction but is then promptly (if mercifully) abandoned immediately afterwards. Moreover, readers unfamiliar with Texas history of this period would have benefited from a more extensive survey of the state's nineteenth-century past; the chapter on the Rangers, for example, begins almost in medias res with the El Paso Salt War of 1877, ignoring the critical "prehistory" of the force as a product of the strained race relations in Texas that date to the arrival of Anglos in the 1820s. Finally, Levario's tone is at times too heavy-handed, leaving one to wish that the author had allowed his evidence--abundant and meticulously assembled--to do more of the talking. Still, Militarizing the Border is a solid contribution to the historiography of race in

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