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The Secret War in El Paso

Mexican Revolutionary Intrigue, 1906-1920

Charles H. Harris (author) Louis R. Sadler (author)

ISBN: 9780826346520

Publication Date: Jun 2009

Format: Hardback

The Mexican Revolution could not have succeeded without the use of American territory as a secret base of operations, a source of munitions, money, and volunteers, a refuge for personnel, an arena for propaganda, and a market for revolutionary loot. This book examines the mechanics of rebellion in El Paso, an American city on the Mexican border.
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The Mexican Revolution could not have succeeded without the use of American territory as a secret base of operations, a source of munitions, money, and volunteers, a refuge for personnel, an arena for propaganda, and a market for revolutionary loot. El Paso, the largest and most important American city on the Mexican border during this time, was the scene of many clandestine operations as American businesses and the U.S. federal government sought to maintain their influences in Mexico and protect national interest while keeping an eye on key Revolutionary figures. In addition, the city served as refuge to a cast of characters that included revolutionists, adventurers, smugglers, gunrunners, counterfeiters, propagandists, secret agents, double agents, criminals, and confidence men. Using 80,000 pages of previously classified FBI documents on the Mexican Revolution and hundreds of Mexican secret agent reports from El Paso and Ciudad Juarez in the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations archive, Charles Harris and Louis Sadler examine the mechanics of rebellion in a town where factional loyalty was fragile and treachery was elevated to an art form. As a case study, this slice of El paso's, and America's, history adds new dimensions to what is known about the Mexican Revolution.
Illustrations 60 halftones
Pages 456
Date Published 30 Jun 2009
Publisher University of New Mexico Press
Subject/s History of the Americas   20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000   Military history  
Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler are emeritus history professors at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. They also collaborated on The Archaeologist was a Spy: Sylvanus G. Morley and the Office of Naval Intelligence and The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution: The Bloodiest Decade, 1910-1920, both published by UNM Press. The latter publication won the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Contemporary Historical Nonfiction and the T. R. Fehrenbach Award from the Texas Historical Commission.

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