1930-2010 Borderlands Books & Articles

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Bolton, Herbert Eugene. “The Mission as a Frontier Institution in the Spanish American Colonies.” The American Historical Review. Vol. 38 (1932-33), 448-74.

Forbes, Jack D. “Frontiers in American History and the Role of the Frontier Historian.” Ethnohistory. Vol. 15, No. 2 (Spring, 1968): 203-235.

Aguilar Camín, Héctor.  La frontera nómada: Sonora y la Revolución Mexicana.  México: Siglo Veintiuno Editores, 1977.


García, Mario T. Desert Immigrants: The Mexicans of El Paso, 1880-1920. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981.

Weber, David J.  The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846: The American Southwest under Mexico.  Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1982.

Body, David. “Workers and Work in America: The New Labor History.” In Ordinary People and Everyday Life. 1983.

Alvarez, Robert. “The Border as a Social System: The California Case,” New Scholar 9 (1984).

Chávez, John R. The Lost Land: The Chicano Image of the Southwest. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1984.

Del Castillo, Richard Griswold. “New Perspectives on the Mexican and American Borderlands.” Latin American Research Review. Vol. 19, No. 1 (1984): 199-209.

Lloyd, Jane-Dale.  El proceso de modernización capitalista en el noroeste de Chihuahua, 1880-1910.  México, DF: Universidad Iberoamericana, 1987.

Poyo, Gerald, and Gilberto M. Hinojosa. “Spanish Texas and Borderlands Historiography in Transition: Implications for United States History.” Journal of American History 75:2 (1988): 393-416.

Weber, David J. “Turner, the Boltonians, and the Borderlands,” in David J. Weber, Ed., Myth and History of the Hispanic Southwest. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1988.


Deeds, Susan. “New Spain’s Far North: A Changing Historiographical Frontier?” Latin American Research Review 25:2 (1990): 226-235.

Cronon, William, George Miles and Jay Gitlin. “Becoming West: Toward a New Meaning for Western History,” in William Cronon, George Miles and Jay Gitlin. Eds., Under an Open Sky: Rethinking America’s Western Past. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1992.

Sandos, James, “From ‘Boltonlands’ to ‘Weberlands’: The Borderlands Enter American History,” American Quarterly, 46:4 (Dec., 1994).

Alonso, Ana Maria. Thread of Blood: Colonialism, Revolution, and Gender in Mexico’s Northern Frontier. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1995.

Balderrama, Francisco E. and Raymond Rodríguez. Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1995.

Hurtado, Albert L. “Parkmanizing the Spanish Borderlands: Bolton, Turner and the Historians.” The Western Historical Quarterly, vol. 26, no. 2 (summer 1995): 149-167.

Limerick, Patricia Nelson. “Turnerians All: The Dream of a Helpful History in an Intelligible World.” American Historical Review, Vol. 100, no. 3, (June 1995): 697-716.

Ross, Dorthy. “Grand Narrative in American Historical Writing: From Romance to Uncertainty.” American Historical Review, Vol. 100, no. 3 (June 1995): 651-677.

“Borderland vs. Frontier: Redefining the West, A Conversation with Patricia Nelson Limerick.” Humanities, Vol. 17, no. 4 (September/October 1996).

French, William E. A Peaceful and Working People: Manners, Morals, and Class Formation in Northern Mexico.  Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1996.

Gutierrez, David G. “Significant to Whom?: Mexican Americans and the History of the American West.” A New Significance: Re-envisioning the History of the American West. Edited by Clyde A. Milner II. Oxford University Press, 1996.

Klein, Kerwin Lee. “Reclaiming the “F” Word, Or Being and Becoming Postwestern.” Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 65. no. 2 (May 1996): 179-215.

Martin, Cheryl English.  Governance and Society in Colonial Mexico: Chihuahua in the Eighteenth Century.  Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996.

Baud Michel and Willem Van Schendel, “Toward a Comparative History of Borderlands,” Journal of World History, vol. 8, no. 2 (Fall, 1997).

Radding, Cynthia. Wandering Peoples: Colonialism, Ethnic Spaces, and Ecological Frontiers in Northwestern Mexico, 1700-1850. Duke University Press, 1997.

Schwaller, John F. “A New Dawn for the Borderlands.”  Latin American Research Review. Vol. 32, No. 1 (1997): 160-170.

Shadow, Robert D. & Maria J. Rodriguez-Shadow. “Rancheros, Land, and Ethnicity on the Northern Borderlands: Works on the Social and Agrarian History in the Last Decade.” Latin American Resarch Review. Vol. 32, No. 1 (1997): 171-198.

Alonzo, Armando C. Tejano Legacy: Rancheros and Settlers in South Texas, 1734-1900. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1998.

Jackson, Robert H., Ed. New Views of Borderlands History. 1998.

Velasco Avila, Cuauhémoc.  “La amenaza comanche en la frontera mexicana, 1800-1841.”  Ph.D. dissertation, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1998.

Adelman, Jeremy and Stephen Aron. “From Borderlands to Borders: Empires, Nation States, and the Peoples in Between in North American History.” American Historical Review. Vol. 104, no. 3, (June 1999): 814-841.

Anderson, Gary Clayton.  The Indian Southwest, 1580-1830: Ethnogenesis and Reinvention. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1999.

Sheridan, Cecilia. El “yugo suave del evangelio”: Las misiones franciscanas de Río Grande en el periodo colonial. Saltillo, Coahuila: Centro de Estudios Sociales y Humanísticos, A. C., 1999.


Cummings, Victoria H. & Light T. Cummins. “Building on Bolton: The Spanish Borderlands Seventy-Five Years Later.” The Latin American Research Review. Vol. 35, No. 2 (2000), 230-243.

Radding, Cynthia. “Conquest, Chronicles, and Cultural Encounters: The Spanish Borderlands of North America.” Ethnohistory. Vol. 47, No. 3-4 (Summer-Fall 2000): 767-775.

Sheridan, Cecilia. Anónimos y desterrados: La contienda por el “sitio que llaman de Quauyla”, siglos XVI-XVIII. México, DF: Porrua Grupo Editorial, 2000.

Weber, David. “The Spanish Borderlands of North America,” OAH Magazine of History (Summer 2000)

Wood, Andrew Grant. “Writing Transnationalism: Recent Publications on the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. Latin American Research Review. Vol. 35, No. 3 (2000): 256-265.

Brooks, James. Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands. University of North Carolina Press, 2001.

Mora-Torres, Juan.  The Making of the Mexican Border: The State, Capitalism, and Society in Nuevo León, 1848-1910.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 2001.

Luibheid, Eithne.  Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality at the Border.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.

Deeds, Susan.  Defiance and Deference in Mexico’s Colonial North: Indians under Spanish Rule in Nueva Vizcaya.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003.

Johnson, Benjamin H.  Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and Its Bloody Suppression Turned Mexicans into Americans.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.

Nieto-Phillips, John.  The Language of Blood: The Making of Spanish-American Identity in New Mexico, 1880s-1930s.  Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2004.

Truett, Samuel and Elliot Young, ed. Continental Crossroads: Remapping U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2004.

Young, Elliott. Catarion Garza’s Revolution on the Texas-Mexico Border. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.

De la Teja, J. Frank and Ross Frank, Eds. Choice, Persuasion, and Coercion: Social Control in Spain’s North American Frontiers. University of New Mexico Press, 2005.

Hackel, Steven W. Children of Coyote, Missionaries of St. Francis: Indian-Spanish Relations in Colonial California, 1769-1850. University of North Carolina Press, 2005.

McManus, Sheila. The Line Which Separates: Race, Gender, and the Making of the Alberta-Montana Borderlands. University of Nebraska Press, 2005.

Reséndez, Andrés.  Changing National Identities at the Frontier: Texas and New Mexico, 1800-1850.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Romo, David. Ringside Seat To a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juárez, 1893-1923. El Paso, Tex.: Cinco Puntos Press, 2005.

Gabbert, Ann R. “Defining the Boundaries of Care: Local Responses to Global Concerns in El Paso Public Health Policy, 1881-1941.”  Ph.D. diss., University of Texas at El Paso, 2006.

Truett, Samuel.  Fugitive Landscapes: The Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

Barr, Juliana. Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands. University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

Gomez, Laura E. Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race. New York and London: New York University Press, 2007.

Meeks, Erick V. Border Citizens: The Making of Indians, Mexicans, and Anglos in Arizona. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007.

Werne, Joseph R.  The Imaginary Line: A History of the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, 1848-1857.  Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 2007.

Will de Chaparro, Martina.  Death and Dying in New Mexico.  Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2007.

DeLay, Brian. War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexico War. Yale University Press, 2008.

Hernández, José Angel.  “El México perdido, el  México olvidado, y el México de afuera: A History of Mexican American Colonization, 1836-1892.”  Ph.D. diss, University of Chicago, 2008.

Jacoby, Karl. Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History. Penguin Press, 2008.

Benton-Cohen, Katherine.  Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009.

McCrossen, Alexis. Ed., Land of Necessity: Consumer Culture in the United States-Mexico Borderlands. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2009.

Johnson, Benjamin and Andrew Graybill Eds. Bridging National Borders in North America: Transnational and Comparative Histories. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010.

Hernández, Kelly Lytle. Migra: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. 

Perales, Monica.  Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

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