The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 89, July 1985 - April, 1986

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

teenth century by Mexican, French, Chinese, Greek, and Japanese im-
migrants. Lastly, in the 1970s, in the aftermath of Vietnam, the Indo-
chinese moved to the Bayou City in large numbers. Each of these
groups has faced discrimination, whether due to color, race, religion,
social customs, or language. Yet each group to a large extent has over-
come local attitudes and fears to make valuable contributions to the
lives of Houstonians. Their stories are the focus of this book.
The book is well illustrated. The chapters are similar in format and
are informative. It would be helpful to the reader, however, to have a
bibliography for each chapter, particularly because so much of the re-
search was done specifically for this project. Nonetheless, The Ethnic
Groups of Houston has made a valuable contribution to the study of
Houston. Let us hope that scholars and the lay communities in other
Texas cities will follow Houston's lead.
General Land Office, Austin MICHAEL Q. HOOKS
Texas and the Mexican Revolution: A Study in State and National Border Policy,
1910-I92o. By Don M. Coerver and Linda B. Hall. (San Antonio:
Trinity University Press, 1985. Pp. vii+ 169. Acknowledgments, in-
troduction, notes, bibliography, index, illustrations. $15.95.)
Historians of the Southwest have usually considered the Texas-
Mexican border a special region, worthy of research and debate. Econo-
mists, political scientists, and sociologists have also seen in these lands a
culture significantly different from that of interior areas. Furthermore,
many Texans, when considering the country from El Paso to the Lower
Rio Grande Valley, think of its uniqueness, its distinctive character. And
even though this long boundary encompasses many climatic, geo-
graphic, racial, historical, urban, and rural varieties, the simple fact
that it is an international boundary more than justifies considering this
zone as a geographic unit for historical research.
In this work professors Coerver and Hall have clearly understood the
uniqueness of this region. Building upon this base, they then narrate
the complex history of the region from 1910 to 1920 in the context of
foreign policy. They describe the enormous difficulties there, including
racial conflicts, bureaucratic confusions, revolutionary passions, and
political ambitions. With exceptional clarity and sound judgment they
show the problems and impact of federalism on border policy in this
era. During the period 1910 to 1914, for example, Governor Oscar B.
Colquitt tried to solve the problem of protecting border residents,
while at the same time cutting budgets for state law enforcement agen-
cies. He sought help from presidents William Howard Taft and Wood-


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