This study is a reinterpretation of nineteenth century Mexican American history that examines Mexico's struggle to secure its northern border with repatriates from the United States in the aftermath of a war resulting in the loss of half its territory. Responding to past interpretations, Jose Angel Hernández suggests that these resettlement schemes centered on the developments of the frontier region, the modernization of the country with loyal Mexican American settlers, and blocking the tide of migrations to the United States to prevent the depopulation of its fractured northern border. Through an examination of Mexico's immigration and colonization policies as they developed throughout the nineteenth century, the book focuses primarily on the population of Mexican citizens who were “lost” after the end of the Mexican American War of 1846—1848 until the end of the century.
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About the Author
José Angel Hernández is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latina/o Studies. He has received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fulbright—Hays Dissertation Program and the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston. Professor Hernández has had articles published in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies; Landscapes of Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal Devoted to the Study of Violence, Conflict, and Trauma; and Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos.
Table of ContentsPart I: Migration to Mexico in an Age of Global Immigrations: 1. From conquest to colonization: the making of Mexican colonization policy after independence; 2. Postwar expulsions and early repatriation policy; Part II: 3. Postwar repatriation and settling the frontiers of New Mexico; 4. Repatriations along the new international boundary: the cases of Texas and California; Part III: 5. The 1871 riot of La Mesilla, New Mexico; 6. Colonizing La Ascensión, Chihuahua: the prehistory of revolt; 7. Anatomy of 1892 revolt of La Ascensión, or the public lynching of Rafael Ancheta; Conclusion: 8. Repatriating modernity?