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and, ultimately, rebellion. Indeed, Tijerina's essay and most of the rest serve to
demolish time-worn stereotypes about Hispanic American lack of experience in,
or capacity for, self-government.
The balance of the book concerns the roles played by Tejanos in the
1835-1836 revolution and during the Republic. Stephen Hardin describes the
predicament of Mexican Texans who supported the rebellion but never fully
gained the trust of their Texian allies, and Ana Carolina Castillo Crimm relates
the experience of two Tejano families during and after the conflict. The power-
ful de la Garzas of Goliad fared well in spite of their opposition to the revolu-
tion, while luckless Fernando de Le6n, of Victoria, was first jailed for conceal-
ing supplies from Santa Anna' s army, then compelled to reveal their location
by his captor, Gen. Jose Urrea, only later to be imprisoned again by Texian gen-
eral Thomas Rusk for having delivered them to Urrea! In another essay, Paul D.
Lack tells how Anglo-Texan abuse provoked the isolated Tejanos of
Nacogdoches, joined by some of their mistreated Native American neighbors,
to stage the desperate, ill-fated revolt of 1838 against the Texas Republic.
Timothy M. Matovina, however, demonstrates how the Tejanos of San Antonio
accommodated themselves politically to a burgeoning Texian majority after
1836, while at the same time resisting, with considerable success, Anglo-Texan
efforts, including the proselytizing activities of Protestant missionaries, to oblit-
erate their culture.
These are but a few of the themes explored in Tejano Journey. As Poyo notes
in his conclusion, much work remains to be done, particularly by way of commu-
nity studies, in order to achieve a comprehensive understanding of colonial and
post-1821 Tejano history.
There is apparently only one factual flaw in this otherwise well-edited anthol-
ogy: Iturbide's short-lived empire (1822-1823) collapsed subsequent to the
proclamation of the Plan of Casa Mata, not before (p. 37).
Southwest Missouri State University DAVID B. ADAMS
To Die on Your Feet: The Life, Times and Writings of Praxedis G. Guerrero. By Ward S.
Albro. (Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1996. pp. xiii+198.
Preface/acknowledgments, notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 0-87565-163-1.
$25.00, cloth.)
The dustjacket for Ward Albro's book declares that Prixedis Guerrero has
been "often overlooked" amid the "pantheon of Mexican heroes." It is doubtful
whether he will now be included in that exclusive posthumous club boasting
such diverse members as Francisco Madero, Emiliano Zapata, and Pancho Villa,
but To Die On Your Feet opens the way for others to continue research about this
fascinating and understudied character.
In addition to introducing Guerrero's "life, times and writings" to an English-
language readership, Albro shows that Guerrero played a key role in the radical
magonista movement that sought to overthrow Mexico's President Porfirio Dfaz.



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