The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 79
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Book Reviews and Notices
the holdings, however, since lands were acquired at a few cents
an acre. The large holding was the rule. Dr. Rippy presents
an impressive list of American land grants, which includes the
250,000-acre Hearst estate in Chihuahua and the American owned
Piedra Blanca ranch of 1,240,000 acres. And finally we are told
(too briefly, however) how the American oil interests invaded
Although the American movement into Mexico was attended
by certain material advantages for the Mexican people, appre-
hension and later opposition was aroused. HIow potent was his
Yankee favoritism in bringing about the final overthrow of Diaz,
is shown in the fact that "nearly all of the charges preferred
against the Diaz regime are connected directly or indirectly with
his policy toward the United States" (p. 329).
In proportion to the rest of the book, the Diaz regime receives
restricted treatment. The author has anticipated this criticism,
for he says, "The thirty years which followed the advent of
Porfirio Diaz were marked in general by a pacific intercourse
yielding comparatively little for the historian to record" (p. vii).
The "Pacific Penetration" of Mexico is worthy of more detailed
treatment, since this is one of the salient features of the Diaz
rule. The change in the mining law of 1884 might have been
set forth, since it was attended by far-reaching consequences. The
methods whereby the lands were acquired to pass them on to the
foreigners should have been mentioned. The intervention of the
United States in the Mexican-Guatemala dispute, United States-
Mexican mediation in Central America, and Diaz and the Monroe
Doctrine are subjects that should have been developed.
The author presents his material in a clear, dignified style.
From the literary and historical standpoint this is a work worthy
of the highest praise. The copious citations to United States and
Mexican official publications, periodicals of the two nations, and
to other materials, bear witness to industry and painstaking schol-
arship. There is an excellent bibliography at the end "for who-
ever desires to make a fuller study." Despite the omission of a
word on the first page (line 17), the author and publisher are to
be congratulated on a remarkably clean copy.
J. LLOYD MECIHAM.
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