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Cortina : defending the Mexican name in Texas / Jerry Thompson.

By: Thompson, Jerry D.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Fronteras series: no. 6.Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, c2007Edition: 1st ed.Description: 332 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781585445929 (cloth : alk. paper); 1585445924 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Cortina, Juan N. (Juan Nepomuceno), 1824-1894 | Outlaws -- Mexican-American Border Region -- Biography | Revolutionaries -- Mexican-American Border Region -- Biography | Mexican-American Border Region -- History -- 19th century | Mexican-American Border Region -- History, Military -- 19th century | Lower Rio Grande Valley (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century | Texas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 | Texas -- History -- 1846-1950 | Texas -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 19th century | Mexican Americans -- Civil rights -- Texas -- History -- 19th centuryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Cortina.; Online version:: Cortina.DDC classification: 322.4/2092 | B
Contents:
The making of a revolutionary -- No night for Mexican tears -- Flocks of Vampires in the guise of men -- A frontier in flames -- Republic in the balance -- Tiger in the Chaparral -- Border Caudillo -- Predator war -- Caudillo vanquished.
Summary: Did this border caudillo fight to defend the rights, honor, and legal claims of the Mexicans of South Texas, as he claimed? Or was his a quest for personal vengeance against the newcomers who had married into his family, threatened his mother's land holdings, and insulted his honor?
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [301]-318) and index.

Did this border caudillo fight to defend the rights, honor, and legal claims of the Mexicans of South Texas, as he claimed? Or was his a quest for personal vengeance against the newcomers who had married into his family, threatened his mother's land holdings, and insulted his honor?

Ch. 1. The making of a revolutionary -- Ch. 2. No night for Mexican tears -- Ch. 3. Flocks of Vampires in the guise of men -- Ch. 4. A frontier in flames -- Ch. 5. Republic in the balance -- Ch. 6. Tiger in the Chaparral -- Ch. 7. Border Caudillo -- Ch. 8. Predator war -- Ch. 9. Caudillo vanquished.

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Various writers and historians have portrayed Juan Nepomuceno Cortina as a bandit, a liberator, a crusader, a criminal, a hero, or a scoundrel. Thompson (Texas A&M International Univ. in Laredo) provides for the first time a scholarly, solid, and well-balanced biography of a controversial figure in the history of the Texas-Mexico border. A Tejano who was at home on both sides of the Rio Grande, Cortina achieved great notoriety during the 1860s as a caudillo who commanded a virtual private military army of supporters. He and his men raided Anglo American settlements, including a spectacular raid on Brownville, Texas, thereby fostering a period of violence known as the "Cortina War." Always out for himself, Cortina also supported the Juarez faction that fought against Maximilian. Thereafter, during the early 1870s, the Cortinistas engaged in large-scale cattle stealing in Texas and hauled their booty into Mexico. This book is meticulously researched by a master historian who has a deep, profound understanding of 19th-century history along the Texas-Mexico border. It therefore provides a historically sound biographical portrait permitting readers to understand the complexity of both Juan N. Cortina and the border country that produced him. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. L. T. Cummins Austin College

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JERRY THOMPSON is a Regents Professor of History at Texas A&M International University in Laredo and a past president of the Texas State Historical Association. He is also the author of Tejanos in Gray: Civil War Letters of Captains Joseph Rafael de la Garza and Manuel Yturri , winner of the 2011 Tejano Book Award.

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