Southwestern Historical Quarterly October Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas. Edited by Jesús F. de la Teja. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2010. Pp. 274. Illustrations, notes, index. ISBN 9781603441520, $60.00 cloth; 9781603441667, $19.95 paper.) While pondering the lives of the historical actors that populate the pages of Tejano Leadership, the image of leaves in a gale comes to mind. In his masterpiece, War and Peace, Tolstoy expressed serious doubts about the capacity of leaders to shape events. In this volume, José Antonio Navarro, "one of the most important . . . Tejanos of the nineteenth century," in the words of James E. Crisp, found that his plight and that of all Tejanos was one of "powerlessness." Perhaps this plight is an appropriate context for evaluating the role of Tejano leaders during the first half of the nineteenth century when powerful forces swept Texas. Caught between a tidal wave of Anglo immigrants from the north and east and a surge of militaristic centralism from the south in the 1830s, Tejanos in positions of leadership were put to a brutal test and none remained unscathed. But their role as leaders lay not so much in their ability
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Dec 9, 2010
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