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Other CaliforniaLand, Identity, and Politics on the Mexican Borderlands$
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Verónica Castillo-Muñoz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291638

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291638.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The Mexican Borderlands

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(p.1) Introduction
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Other California
Author(s):

Verónica Castillo-Muñoz

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520291638.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to examine the interplay of land reform and migratory labor in the making of borderlands between the years of 1850 and 1954, focusing on Baja California. It argues that the Mexican borderlands emerged from efforts to keep labor moving across borders while fixing national communities in place. This intricate interplay shows how governments, foreign investors, and local communities engaged in the making of the Baja California borderlands that led to the booming cities of Tijuana, Mexicali, and Santa Rosalía. At the heart of the book is the story of how ethnically and racially diverse communities of laborers changed the social landscape of Baja California.

Keywords:   Baja California, land reform, migratory labor, migration, borderlands, social landscape

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