Building the Borderlands
A Transnational History of Irrigated Cotton along the Mexico-Texas Border
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Texas A&M University Press
Series: Environmental History Series
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CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION: SOCIAL FIELDS OF COTTON
“¡Era la jungla! [It was the jungle!],” exclaimed Doña Elisa, telling of her arrival in the summer of 1939 to the dense mesquite thickets of rural Matamoros, just south of the Mexico-U.S. border at Brownsville.1 ...
PART I: THE BORDER, MEXICO, AND THE WORLD
CHAPTER 2: COTTON AND CAPITALISM IN THE BORDERLANDS, 1820–1920
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, mestizo and indigenous peasants from Mesoamerica settled near water sources throughout northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, learning to live with aridity and battling nomadic groups of indigenous people.1 ...
CHAPTER 3: DEVELOPMENTALISM IN NORTHERN MEXICO, 1910–1934
Cotton agriculture in the borderlands gathered momentum after 1900. The expansion of the Laguna cotton region in the Porfiriato went a long way toward solving a chronic development problem in Mexico by removing the bottleneck in the national cotton fiber supply that had plagued the textile industry since independence. ...
PART II: THE R
CHAPTER 4: THE SOCIAL FIELD OF DEVELOPMENT: LAND AND LABOR IN THERÍO BRAVO/RIO GRANDE DELTA, 1780–1930
In 1935 Mexican federal government engineers began building a regional irrigated agricultural development project in the southern half of the Río Bravo/Rio Grande delta. Like the Don Martín project before it, the Valle Bajo Río Bravo project was an effort to create a new productive landscape, with irrigation and flood control works, roads, schools and houses,...
CHAPTER 5: CRISIS AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE RÍO BRAVO DELTA, 1930–1935
The crisis of the 1930s has attracted a great deal of interest from historians and social scientists. Economic historians debate the causes of the economic crash of 1929–1933 in Europe and the United States, and differ over the nature of recovery. The unique experiences of Latin American countries in this process have received close atten-...
CHAPTER 6: CARDENISTA ENGINEERING, THE ANDERSON CLAYTON COMPANY, AND RURAL UNREST IN THE RÍO BRAVO DELTA, 1935–1939
This chapter examines the importance of cardenista development ideology in the realization of the Bajo Río Bravo project. Cardenista visions of collectivized agriculture were generated in, and adjusted to respond to, the particular historical conditions present in the mid- to late 1930s. ...
CHAPTER 7: REPATRIATION IN THE RÍO BRAVO DELTA, 1935– 1940
Beginning in the 1920s, U.S. intellectuals and social workers focused on the question of migration with new interest, and the social issues involving Mexican migrants were well represented in this literature.1 The politics of immigration restriction, emblemized in the passing of the immigration law of 1924 and in the repatriation...
CHAPTER 8: DEFINING DEVELOPMENT IN THE RÍO BRAVO DELTA, 1940–1963
In this chapter I discuss the intertwined socioeconomic process and language of regional development as it continued to shape regional dynamics in the Bajo Río Bravo through the cotton boom years of the 1940s and 1950s. ...
CHAPTER 9: CONCLUSION: HISTORICIZING THE BORDERLANDS
Don Marcelo, Don Fausto, and Don Roberto had known each other since the 1930s, and as they sat talking on Roberto’s porch, they helped each other remember names, dates, events, and places.1 Don Marcelo was born and raised on the Rancho Santa Adelaide, a rural outpost at that time, now being swallowed by the city of Matamoros...
Page Count: 248
Illustrations: 7 b&w photos. 4 maps. 5 tables.
Publication Year: 2008
Series Title: Environmental History Series
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