The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970 Page: 567
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Book Reviews 567
Turner never overcame the horror he reported experiencing in seeing
treatment accorded Mayo and Yaqui Indians sent from Sonora in
northeastern Mexico to Henequen plantations in Yucatan, and other
unfortunates who were sent as virtual slaves to Valle Nacional in
Oaxaca. Other concerns he follows with vigor and shock are the
political techniques used by the Diaz machine in extirpating opposi-
tion and in eliminating strikes of laborers, such as those at Cananea.
He expresses violent indignation at asserted connections between Diaz
and North American investors, carrying that concern to indignation
over the ability of Mexican agents to punish Mexican opponents to
the regime even in the United States. Finally, Turner analyzes the
Mexican people, whom he is careful even in his introduction to
separate from the Diaz government. And in this connection, he is
inflammatory: "Under the present barbarous government there is no
hope for reform in Mexico except through armed revolution" (p.
294). This is a handsome volume, manufactured with the usual care
by the University of Texas Press as part of its Texas Pan American
Series. Justification for bringing out a new edition of Barbarous Mexico
can be found in the resurgence of interest in the intellectual origins
of the Mexican Revolution. Turner, journalist that he was, fits well
into this movement. Editor Sinclair Snow is most helpful in placing
the book in its proper context. The biographical summary of Turner
in the introduction adds an orientation useful for understanding the
tone of the book.
The other two books are also reprints, both playing on presently
popular themes in Mexican-United States relations, the 1846-1848
war between the two countries, and its causes and results. With Beaure-
gard in Mexico, edited by T. Harry Williams and published first by
the Louisiana State University Press in 1956, is of course the account
of the war as remembered by P. G. T. Beauregard. An introduction
ably places Beauregard in the context of the war. Footnotes illumine
obscure points in the account. The diary itself follows events begin-
ning with the capture of Mexico City. An appendix by Professor
Williams follows Beauregard to January, 1857, largely through use of
letters Beauregard had attached to his reminiscences, written by offi-
cers under whom he had served and supporting his application to be
accepted by the filibuster William Walker in Nicaragua.
The other volume, The Movement for the Acquisition of All Mex-
ico, is a reprint of a 1936 Johns Hopkins University Studies in His-
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