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Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling Across the Rio Grande.

DIAZ, George T.

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ISBN 10: 0292761066 / ISBN 13: 9780292761063
Editorial: University of Texas Press,, Austin:, 2015
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First edition. As new in like dust jacket. Still in original shrinkwrap.; 256 pages. N° de ref. de la librería 77141

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Título: Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling ...

Editorial: University of Texas Press,, Austin:

Año de publicación: 2015

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:As New

Condición de la sobrecubierta: As New

Edición: 1st Edition

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Winner, Jim Parish Award for Documentation and Publication of Local and Regional History, Webb County Heritage Foundation, 2015

Present-day smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border is a professional, often violent, criminal activity. However, it is only the latest chapter in a history of illicit business dealings that stretches back to 1848, when attempts by Mexico and the United States to tax commerce across the Rio Grande upset local trade and caused popular resentment. Rather than acquiesce to what they regarded as arbitrary trade regulations, borderlanders continued to cross goods and accepted many forms of smuggling as just.

In Border Contraband, George T. Díaz provides the first history of the common, yet little studied, practice of smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border. In Part I, he examines the period between 1848 and 1910, when the United States' and Mexico's trade concerns focused on tariff collection and on borderlanders' attempts to avoid paying tariffs by smuggling. Part II begins with the onset of the Mexican Revolution in 1910, when national customs and other security forces on the border shifted their emphasis to the interdiction of prohibited items (particularly guns and drugs) that threatened the state. Díaz's pioneering research explains how greater restrictions have transformed smuggling from a low-level mundane activity, widely accepted and still routinely practiced, into a highly profitable professional criminal enterprise.

About the Author:

George T. Díaz is Assistant Professor of History at Sam Houston State University. His research is informed by investigations in Mexican and U.S. archives as well as a lifetime of living on the border.  

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