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Ringside Seat to a Revolution

Tucson Citizen Review

The Boston Tea Party of the Southwest was served up along the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas, and itís sister city Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, during the early years if the last century. A series of events, which began in about 1893, triggered what would become the first modern revolution in Latin America.

Drawing on contemporary eye witness accounts and archival records, David Dorado Romo, the son of Mexican immigrants, documents this pivotal period of Mexican-American history with a fresh prospective. He documents in rich detail the political renaissance that changed life along the border forever. The bloody conflict to overthrow the Diaz regime was led by the fronterizos, a hybrid group of people, part Mexican and part American, united and determined to bring about both political and social change.

Like a gathering storm, the events of 1893 set the stage for the final conflicts that led to the Mexican Revolution of 1911. The years just before and just after the revolution are the among the most important in the regionís history. The revolution and the consequences that followed helped establish the odd, uneasy relationship that exists even now between the two cities.

The photographs and walking tour of the Mexican revolution sites in both El Paso and Juarez make this stunning book essential. Romo, who is both an essayist and historian, is to be commended for this excellent work. It is highly recommended.

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