When The Smoke Lifted

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This dissertation analyzes a distinct violent encounter between Anglos and Mexicans during one of the most violent eras in Texas history. The Cart War (1857-1858) started along the San Antonio-Indianola Road when Anglo teamsters and outlaws attacked Mexican carreteros to displace them from the lucrative transportation business. This study demonstrates how two Texas regions responded differently to the violence along the San Antonio-Indianola Road. The underlying theme that emerges from this study is that, given ...
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This dissertation analyzes a distinct violent encounter between Anglos and Mexicans during one of the most violent eras in Texas history. The Cart War (1857-1858) started along the San Antonio-Indianola Road when Anglo teamsters and outlaws attacked Mexican carreteros to displace them from the lucrative transportation business. This study demonstrates how two Texas regions responded differently to the violence along the San Antonio-Indianola Road. The underlying theme that emerges from this study is that, given the political, economic, demographic, and social circumstances in vogue at any particular time and place, race and class as social categories of analysis can intersect. Given the two distinct responses to the cart attacks from San Antonio and the Goliad-Karnes area, this study also demonstrates fluidity in the intersectionality of race and class. The manner in which San Antonio's political and business leaders responded to the attacks against Mexican carreteros clearly manifests an intersectionality of race and class. Some in the San Antonio community considered Mexicans as part of the white race, and political leaders, businessmen, and even private citizens believed Mexicans merited inclusion into the American political mainstream and called for the protection of their Constitutional rights. Moreover, some San Antonio residents reflected these views through letters to their state government officials in the executive and legislative branches, through resolutions adopted in state-wide meetings held to discuss the crisis, through letters to the editors to San Antonio newspapers, and through newspaper editorials. Conversely, politicians, businessmen, and community leaders in Goliad and Karnes counties ties adopted resolutions at county-wide meetings that racialized and disparaged Mexicans. These individuals sometimes expressed their racial antipathies towards Mexicans in letters to the editor and in private letters to state and local leaders. These tactics in Goliad and Karnes counties, therefore, also reflected an intersection of race and class. Clearly the economic, political, and social conditions in each region allowed for a fluidity in the intersection of race and class relations. This dissertation demonstrates how fluidity in the intersections of race and class can account for a better understanding of ethnic conflicts across time and space.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781244062184
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/11/2011
  • Pages: 52
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.11 (d)

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