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has some chilling things to reveal about military discipline in the U.S.
army at a time when Americans liked to think that their soldiers were
extending the area of freedom.
Given the symbiotic relationship of Texas's history to the Mexican
War, these three books hold obvious interest for readers of this journal.
Only one entry occupies more lines of Robinson's index than does
"Texas." But hopefully a wide readership will devote hours to these
fine works. Only when the reading public begins to comprehend that
the Mexican War is a fascinating war to investigate, will it finally emerge
from the shadow of that conflict between the blue and the gray that has
so monopolized the American historical consciousness regarding this
nation's mid-nineteenth-century military history.
Purdue University ROBERT E. MAY
Border: The U.S.-Mexico Line. By Leon C. Metz. (El Paso: Mangan Books,
1989. Pp. 467. Author's note, maps, photographs, illustrations, ac-
knowledgments, notes, bibliography, index. $29.95.)
For two thousand miles the southwestern border of the United States
stretches from Brownsville and Boca Chica on the Gulf of Mexico, up-
river past Laredo and Eagle Pass, through the spectacular canyons of
the Big Bend to El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, then west across the burn-
ing Sonora desert through the two Nogales to Yuma on the Colorado
River, and finally to San Diego on the Pacific Ocean. From several re-
cent books, including Tom Miller's On the Border, Portraits of America's
Southwestern Frontier, Douglas Kent Hall's Border: Life on the Line, and
Alan Weisman's La Frontera, it is evident the border continues to attract
serious scholarship. With spiraling population growth, illegal immigra-
tion, rampant drug smuggling, and mounting environmental prob-
lems, the region will continue to draw attention into the twenty-first
In a big book covering a big topic, Leon Metz sets out to chronicle the
history of the border from the treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo to the
modern era. Metz, a veteran at sifting through the historical records of
the Southwest, has completed an admirable and scholarly work. Illus-
trated with fifteen well-drawn maps and ninety photographs, supported
by an impressive set of notes and a lengthy bibliography, Border is well
worth the price.
Many of the great and a few of the not so great figures of the region
are there. We have John R. Bartlett and Pedro Garcia Conde struggling
with both the inaccurate Disturnell map and Mimbres Apache to draw
a border west from the Rio Grande in 1850 and 1851; James Gadsden
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 94, July 1990 - April, 1991. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101214/. Accessed May 27, 2015.