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A Borderlands Town in Transition

  • Kartonierter Einband
  • 176 Seiten
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Wave upon wave of newcomers has penetrated the semiarid plains of the U.S.-Mexican borderlands. Among the settlers and sojourners... Weiterlesen
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Wave upon wave of newcomers has penetrated the semiarid plains of the U.S.-Mexican borderlands. Among the settlers and sojourners along the Rio Grande in the mid-eighteenth century were the founders of Laredo, who came seeking survival and permanence in that chaparral country. Established in 1755 as an outpost of New Spain, Laredo, like other borderlands towns, has periodically been buffeted by powerful outside forces that upset the stable society and family unity characteristic of the early "villa." Unlike some other border communities, though, it has maintained a prominent Mexican-American political and economic elite. Applying quantitative techniques of demographic analysis and interweaving their results with more traditional narrative, Gilberto Miguel Hinojosa tells the story of a borderlands town and its people. He shows how larger events such as war, economic depression, and changes of sovereignty affected family structure, racial and ethnic divisions, social-class relations, age composition of the population, property ownership, literacy, and other aspects of the daily lives of the townspeople. His conclusions suggest that life in these communities was far from the static, uneventful existence it was once believed to be.

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Titel: A Borderlands Town in Transition
Untertitel: Laredo, 1755-1870
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EAN: 9780890969779
ISBN: 0890969779
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Texas A&M University Press
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 176
Gewicht: 265g
Größe: H229mm x B152mm x T9mm
Jahr: 2000