Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling Across the Rio Grande

George T. Díaz (Author)

Product Details

University of Texas Press
Publish Date
February 28, 2015
5.98 X 9.02 X 0.58 inches | 0.84 pounds

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About the Author

George T. Díaz is Assistant Professor of History at Sam Houston State University.


""What governments define as illegal and what people consider wrong can differ widely," observes George T. Díaz in this engaging history of smuggling along the Texas-Mexico border. . . . The flesh and blood he gives this history makes it a strong book for classroom adoption. . . . It offers a productive point of departure--a way of conceptualizing the social worlds of smuggling--that will shape scholarly conversations about this region for years to come. "-- (01/01/2016)
"Historian Diaz provides a lively narrative of the smuggling and trafficking across the Rio Grande River from 1848 to 1945."--Choice (10/01/2015)
"A well-researched historical study of smuggling along the Texas-Mexican border. Thorough and innovative . . . It is a work well done and worthwhile."-- (01/01/2016)
"Díaz's Border Contraband is a gem. His clear and concise writing that brings in theory without all the theoretical jargon will make this an excellent option for upper-division undergraduate courses and graduate courses in both world history and borderlands studies. . . . Unlike many treatments of the U.S.-Mexico border, Díaz's is truly transnational."--World History Connected
"A solidly researched volume that gives historical background to a contemporary hot topic, Border Contraband also demonstrates how smuggling has been a central part of borderlands Mexican American culture and lore."--Journal of American Studies
"If one is to understand our current situation with Mexico, one only has to look to Díaz's Border Contraband. . . . a great addition to the history of the US-Mexican borderlands, giving both countries insight into the making of the border. Díaz has set the international research bar high, and as a result scholars and students will greatly benefit from such research."-- (01/01/2016)
"In this insightful and concisely written book, George Díaz shows for how much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries illicit smuggling played a central role in the daily lives of border people."--Pacific Historical Review (08/01/2016)
"This book offers an interesting perspective into the first days of smuggling across the bushland of the U.S.-Mexico border, along some of the same back trails that smugglers use today."-- (02/05/2019)