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In 1915, the Mexican revolution spilled over into south Texas in the guise of a rebellion against Anglo domination and discrimination known as the Plan de San Diego. Drawing on archives and collections on both sides of the border, Johnson (history, Southern Methodist Univ.) explains how the coming of the railroad opened up the lower Rio Grande Valley to agricultural development and brought the discriminatory measures common in other parts of the South, thus upsetting the Tejano social order. His careful analysis of the resulting violence and its brutal suppression by vigilantes and the Texas Rangers, as well as the cooperation between the U.S. and Mexican governments to end cross-border attacks, shows how the Tejanos began to think of themselves as Americans and work for the restoration of their rights, an effort that continues to this day. This well-written account is accessible to lay readers as well as scholars and is recommended for all libraries in Texas as well as collections on the borderlands, Hispanics, and the West.-Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This timely study examines a violent international episode between the US and Mexico, specifically focusing on relations between Anglo Texans and ethnic Mexicans (Mexican Texans and Mexican nationals) during WW I. Johnson (Southern Methodist Univ.) believes that this "forgotten" rebellion adds needed insight into today's globalization and, within the US, the "Latinoization" of US society. The author analyzes how racism and wartime tensions devastated South Texas. Some ethnic Mexicans on both sides of the border envisioned retaking Mexican land lost to the US during the Mexican War (1846-48), to create a republic for all repressed minorities. The cycle of violence that ensued from this project, outlined in the Plan of San Diego of 1915, included assaults by the Texas Rangers (a state police force) and white vigilante groups. Many whites died, but thousands of ethnic Mexicans were killed in what Johnson calls "ethnic cleansing." Mexican Texans eventually acquiesced to mainstream strategies, best exemplified by the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC), founded in 1929. This process constitutes what Johnson means in his book's subtitle. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels/collection. L. J. Quintanilla University of Houston