The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 93, July 1989 - April, 1990

Book Reviews

tention of scholars in southwestern, frontier, and community history
as well as those in women's studies and in the various social sciences
from which material is drawn. Hopefully, others will attempt to test
Deutsch's "interaction model," which transforms "the very develop-
ments once seen as evidence of victimization, disorganization, and en-
forced isolation [of the Hispanic-Chicano community] ... into evi-
dence of initiative, enterprise, and autonomy" (p. 7), and compare and
contrast Deutsch's findings with other areas of Anglo-Hispanic interac-
tion, especially in Texas and California.
University of Texas at Arlington SANDRA L. MYRES
Border Fury: A Picture Postcard Record of Mexico's Revolution and U.S. War
Preparedness, i901-1917. By Paul J. Vanderwood and Frank N.
Samponaro. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1988.
Pp. xi+293. Introduction, illustrations, photographs, notes, se-
lected bibliography, index. $27.50.)
The authors of this book have provided an interesting panorama of
life along the border during the Mexican Revolution. Their purpose is
to illustrate these events by portraying some of the thousands of post-
cards manufactured and sold during this period. After viewing more
than 20,000 postcards in a wide variety of locations, the authors have
tied together a tangible portrayal of the Mexican Revolution's impact
upon the Southwest shortly before the United States entered World
War I.
Although generally interesting, the quality of the postcards varies.
Some are well known or nondescript while many are rare and even
startling. More importantly, the captions are normally of high quality.
The discussions of the postcards on each page reflect the knowledge
and enthusiasm of the authors. In fact, the captions are usually better
than the narrative, which describes the Mexican Revolution itself or
bogs down in tedious descriptions of military equipment used by U.S.
forces.
The book is not without its faults. On pages 118, 120, and 121, there
are major misconceptions concerning Venustiano Carranza. Carranza
was certainly not eager to treat with Wilson on many issues, nor was he
as conservative or "bourgeois" as the authors would have us believe.
There are also minor mistakes within the postcard captions themselves
on pages 165 and 173. One must also ask why the scope of this book
ends with 1917. The border continued to remain as a source of ten-
sions and hostilities until Obreg6n became president of Mexico in
1920. Moreover, the book contains a very threadbare bibliography

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