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Bordertown - The Odyssey of an American Place (Hardcover): Benjamin Heber Johnson, Jeffrey Gusky

Bordertown - The Odyssey of an American Place (Hardcover)

Benjamin Heber Johnson, Jeffrey Gusky; Foreword by Luis Alberto Urrea

Series: Lamar Series in Western History (YALE)

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An evocative portrayal of a remote place that offers a whole new way of looking at the U.S.-Mexico border Mexico and America have met for eight generations on their shared border. In this compelling book, photographer Jeffrey Gusky and historian Benjamin Johnson capture this encounter through their mesmerizing portrayal of Roma, Texas. European culture left its mark here, but it was brought by mixed-race, Spanish-speaking pioneers who practiced Muslim irrigation techniques and believed that they were descended from Jews. Triumphant American armies made this region part of the United States, but the descendants of those they conquered have fought in every American conflict from the Civil War to Iraq. Racial strife divided this land, but slaves gained freedom by fleeing south to Mexico and Hispanics reacquired wealth and power by buying out Anglos. Although today the area is one of the poorest in the United States, the fortune that founded Citibank was made here and the town has inspired such authors as John Steinbeck and Larry McMurtry. In a time when the border is a source of controversy and division, Johnson's unexpected stories and Gusky's haunting photographs demonstrate how deeply the story of the border is also the story of America itself.

General

Imprint: Yale University Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Lamar Series in Western History (YALE)
Release date: September 2008
First published: September 2008
Authors: Benjamin Heber Johnson • Jeffrey Gusky
Foreword by: Luis Alberto Urrea
Dimensions: 250 x 223 x 21mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 192
ISBN-13: 978-0-300-13928-0
Categories: Books > Humanities > History > American history > General
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > History > American history > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
LSN: 0-300-13928-4
Barcode: 9780300139280

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