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 Collection: The Mexican Revolution on the Border: Primary Sources from El Paso
Heroica defensa de Ciudad Juárez : la verdad de los hechos, caracter y valor del soldado mexicano; invasión de tropas americanas y su pronta evacuación

Heroica defensa de Ciudad Juárez : la verdad de los hechos, caracter y valor del soldado mexicano; invasión de tropas americanas y su pronta evacuación

Date: 1919
Creator: Velasco, Felipe
Description: This work provides an account of what the author terms the “heroic defense” of Ciudad Juarez against Pancho Villa’s forces. It also includes correspondence by Villa to the military garrison urging their surrender. Notably, it describes American involvement (and brief incursion into Mexico) and the Mexican embassy’s response to it in El Paso, where the work was published.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas at El Paso
[China Town, Colonia Dublan, Mexico]

[China Town, Colonia Dublan, Mexico]

Date: [1916..1917]
Creator: Horne, Walter H., 1883-1921
Description: Postcard of U.S. soldiers from the Punitive Expedition exploring China Town in Colonia Dublan, a Mormon colony in Mexico. General John J. Pershing established his headquarters at Colinia Dublan for the duration of the expedition. Groups of soldiers converse with one another as they stop at individual tents and huts. In the far distance, a wagon is traveling away from the town.
Contributing Partner: El Paso Public Library
[Orozco's Sharp Shooters, Juarez, Mexico]

[Orozco's Sharp Shooters, Juarez, Mexico]

Date: [1910..1915]
Creator: Horne, Walter H., 1883-1921
Description: Postcard of a group of insurrecto soldiers in the desert outskirts of Juarez, Mexico, posing for a photograph with their rifles. The caption on the postcard identifies the men as sharp shooters in Orozco's ranks, referring to the revolutionary leader Pascual Orozco. The three men in the first row are not armed.
Contributing Partner: El Paso Public Library
[Scene of Disorder in Barracks after the Battle of Juarez, Mexico]

[Scene of Disorder in Barracks after the Battle of Juarez, Mexico]

Date: May 1911
Creator: Horne, Walter H., 1883-1921
Description: Postcard of a group of men and women observing the disarray of personal belongings within a courtyard after the Battle of Juarez. A variety of items, including clothing, blankets, hats, and crates are gathered into one large pile. Horses are in the background, behind the group.
Contributing Partner: El Paso Public Library
[Uncle Sam's Guests at Fort Bliss, Texas]

[Uncle Sam's Guests at Fort Bliss, Texas]

Date: [1910..1920]
Creator: Horne, Walter H.
Description: Postcard of a family of refugees from the Mexican Revolution held at Fort Bliss, Texas. Two U.S. soldiers and a small group of men and women are behind the children and father. Tents are visible in the upper right hand corner of the postcard. A note on the back of the postcard states that the children strolled into the Perma Division for a visit and food.
Contributing Partner: El Paso Public Library
El ataque a Ciudad Juárez y los acontecimientos del 14 al 18 de junio. English.

El ataque a Ciudad Juárez y los acontecimientos del 14 al 18 de junio. English.

Date: 1919
Creator: Enciso Durán, Xavier.
Description: This piece was written to provide a firsthand account regarding the attack on Ciudad Juárez by Villistas and related events. It also provides information regarding the effects of the battle on El Paso, Texas and includes named civilian casualties. The official American response is also noted. The translation was probably done in the 1970s.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas at El Paso
Los de Abajo:  Novela (cuadros y escenas de la revolución mexicana)

Los de Abajo: Novela (cuadros y escenas de la revolución mexicana)

Date: 1916
Creator: Azuela, Mariano, 1873-1952
Description: First book edition of the most famous novel of the Mexican Revolution. It appeared first a serial within a local newspaper, El Paso del Norte, but later was issued as a single work. It was published in El Paso where the author resided in exile. Subsequent editions are quite different from this first version.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas at El Paso
Estudio sobre la cuestión agraria : proyecto de ley

Estudio sobre la cuestión agraria : proyecto de ley

Date: 1914
Creator: Rouaix, Pastor, 1874-1950. & Novelo, José I.
Description: This government-produced work discusses land reform and tenure in Mexico. Completed on December 15th, 1914, the second part of this pamphlet outlines Rouaix and Novelo’s agrarian recommendations to the “First chief of the Constitutional Army, Charged with the Executive of the Nation,” Venustiano Carranza. Most significant is the call for a return to the ejido system for communal use of lands by villages in an effort to raise national productivity through effective land usage. Includes: Prontuario de las materias que comprende el proyecto de la nueva ley agraria (p. [25]-39).
Contributing Partner: University of Texas at El Paso
El problema de la tierra

El problema de la tierra

Date: 1912
Creator: López, Saraim V.
Description: This is a thesis submitted as the professional examination for a law degree at the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM). López examines the effects of the Mexican progressive land movement in general, agrarian issues, and problems resulting from the revolution's land concerns, and ends with offered solutions to the “problem of the earth.” He completed the exam on May 4th, 1912.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas at El Paso
Manifiesto del C. Gral Francisco Villa a la nación y documentos que justifican el desconocimiento del C. Venustiano Carranza como primer jefe de la revolución.

Manifiesto del C. Gral Francisco Villa a la nación y documentos que justifican el desconocimiento del C. Venustiano Carranza como primer jefe de la revolución.

Date: 1914
Creator: Villa, Pancho, 1878-1923.
Description: Book with copies of communications between generals in the north of Mexico and the Carranza government.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas at El Paso