In this Book

summary
When a team of five explorers embarked on a 1,200-mile journey down the Rio Grande, the river that marks the southern boundary of Texas and the US-Mexico border, their goal was to experience and capture on film the rugged landscapes of this vast frontier before the controversial construction of a border wall changed this part of the river forever.

The crew—Texas filmmaker Ben Masters, Brazilian immigrant Filipe DeAndrade, Texas conservationist Jay Kleberg, wildlife biologist Heather Mackey, and Guatemalan-American river guide Austin Alvarado—began the trip in El Paso, pedaling mountain bikes through the city’s dry river bed. Their path took them on horseback through the Big Bend, down the Wild and Scenic stretch of the river in canoes, and back to bikes from Laredo to Brownsville. They paddled the last ten miles through a forest of river cane to the Gulf of Mexico.

As they made their way to the Gulf, they met and talked with the people who know and live on the river—border patrol, wildlife biologists, ranchers, politicians, farmers, social workers, locals, and travelers. They climbed the wall (in twenty seconds). They encountered rare black bears, bighorn sheep, and birds of all kinds. And they sought to understand the complexities of immigration, the efficacy of a wall, and the impact of its construction on water access, wildlife, and the culture of the borderlands.

The River and the Wall is both a wild adventure on a spectacular river and a sobering commentary on the realities of walling it off.
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Half-Title, Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-v
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-viii
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Inspiration
  2. Ben Masters
  3. pp. 1-13
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. The Team
  2. pp. 14-19
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. The River
  2. Colin McDonald
  3. pp. 19-34
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Starting Line to Sonic Ranch
  2. Jay Kleberg
  3. pp. 35-40
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. The Congressmen
  2. Ben Masters
  3. pp. 41-49
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. The Forgotten Reach
  2. Ben Masters
  3. pp. 50-62
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. The Mustangs
  2. Ben Masters
  3. pp. 63-68
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Learning to Ride
  2. Heather Mackey
  3. pp. 69-71
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Me and C-Star
  2. Filipe DeAndrade
  3. pp. 72-75
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Desert Bighorn Sheep
  2. Ben Masters
  3. pp. 76-80
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. The Draw of the Big Bend
  2. Austin Alvarado
  3. pp. 81-85
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Black Bears
  2. Ben Masters
  3. pp. 86-88
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. The Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
  2. Heather Mackey
  3. pp. 90-94
  4. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. The International Park Idea, by Jay Kleberg
  2. pp. 95-102
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Boquillas, by Heather Mackey
  2. pp. 103-105
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Wild and Scenic River, by Austin Alvarado
  2. pp. 106-111
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Waterlogged on the Rio, by Korey Kaczmarek
  2. pp. 112-115
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Langtry, by Hillary Pierce
  2. pp. 116-118
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Lake Amistad, by Heather Mackey
  2. pp. 119-123
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Crossers, by Ben Masters
  2. pp. 124-136
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. A Landowner's Viewpoint, by Becky Jones
  2. pp. 137-141
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. The Santa Ana Rally, by Hillary Pierce
  2. pp. 142-147
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. The National Butterfly Center, by Heather Mackey
  2. pp. 148-150
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Ocelots, by Katy Baldock
  2. pp. 151-155
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Roma, Captain Richard King, and the River, by Jay Kleberg
  2. pp. 156-159
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. The Maquiladora, by Ben Masters
  2. pp. 160-163
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. The Respite Center, by Hillary Pierce
  2. pp. 164-167
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. My Immigration Story, by Geny Alvarado
  2. pp. 168-174
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Lower Rio Grande Valley: The Last Stand, by Jay Kleberg
  2. pp. 175-179
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. The Final Paddle, by Ben Masters
  2. pp. 180-186
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 187-191
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download

Additional Information

ISBN
9781623497811
Related ISBN
9781623497804
MARC Record
OCLC
1073035061
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-04
Language
English
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.