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Lynching of Mexicans in the Texas Borderlands - by Jr. Nicholas Villanueva (Hardcover)

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While the history of lynching in the U.S. is well-known as a legacy of racial terror, a hidden piece of history of violence against Mexicans in the U.S. has been submerged for over a century. The murders committed by Texas civilians and armed posses, which included officers of the law, were celebrated in communities with photographs, heralded in local newspapers, and even encouraged by high-ranking political figures, while the alleged criminals were guilty largely of one unifying “crime”--being Mexican. In the early decades of the twentieth century, hundreds of Mexicans were lynched in Texas. Villanueva, Jr. asks two questions: What is the cost of knowing this history? And what are the dangers of not knowing past crimes? He explores, as no other work has, the dramatic rise in the lynching of ethnic Mexicans in Texas during the decade of the Mexican Revolution. He argues that violence engendered by the revolutionary war and ethnic and racial tension inspired the Anglo Texans’ justification for their violent acts perpetrated against the Mexicans. Deploying white privilege and the legal system, the perpetrators--even when their actions were illegal--often went unpunished. He differentiates between the lynching of African Americans in the American South and the lynching of ethnic Mexicans in the borderlands, asserting that the latter was about citizenship and sovereignty. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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