Recuperating Histories of Violence in the Americas: Vernacular History-Making on the US–Mexico Border

  title={Recuperating Histories of Violence in the Americas: Vernacular History-Making on the US–Mexico Border},
  author={Monica Martinez},
  journal={American Quarterly},
  pages={661 - 689}
  • Monica Martinez
  • Published 8 September 2014
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • American Quarterly
This article examines the 1915 double murder of Jesus Bazán and Antonio Longoria north of the Rio Grande River in Hidalgo County, Texas, and shows that this event is emblematic of the wider use of violence in subject formation and state-building projects in the Americas. This article describes a state-sanctioned period of racial terror and the culture of impunity in which state agents abused their authority and denied protection to ethnic Mexicans within their jurisdiction. This period of anti… 
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