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Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and Its Bloody Suppression Turned Mexicans into Americans Hardcover – November 1, 2003

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"Benjamin Johnson's study of the Plan de San Diego uprising is a clear, absorbing analysis of a bloody but little-known revolt along a border that's been troubled ever since it was a border. By looking both backward and forward from the Plan de San Diego, the book does much to explain why Mexican-American identity is the complex fate we know it to be today." Larry McMurtry "An eye-opening account of a time when the Mexican Revolution came to the United States, when conflicting ethnic and national loyalties produced ghastly violence, deep bitterness, and a happier ending than anyone involved could have hoped for." H.W. Brands, author of The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream

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"Benjamin Johnson's study of the Plan de San Diego uprising is a clear, absorbing analysis of a bloody but little-known revolt along a border that's been troubled ever since it was a border. By looking both backward and forward from the Plan de San Diego, the book does much to explain why Mexican-American identity is the complex fate we know it to be today."-Larry McMurtry; "An eye-opening account of a time when the Mexican Revolution came to the United States, when conflicting ethnic and national loyalties produced ghastly violence, deep bitterness, and a happier ending than anyone involved could have hoped for."-H.W. Brands, author of The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream
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Product Details

  • Series: The Lamar Series in Western History
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300094256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300094251
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The events surrounding the Plan of San Diego are well described and analyzed by Johnson. This is one of the best histories published regarding Latinos in Texas. He does an excellent job of joining the available archival information with previously published research. A must read for anyone who wants to know more about Texas history. This is not just a story about ethnic differences, its a story about land, violence, and power.

I first heard about the Plan of San Diego at a Hispanic genealogy conference in Texas about 20 years ago. A now famous academic had given a talk at the conference -- we had a long conversation afterwards and he told me about the event in South Texas. I was shocked, thinking I knew so much about Texas history and did not know about the Plan, Luis de la Rosa and of course the 5,000 or so that were killed in retaliation for the insurrection.

Johnson did a great job of presenting this part of lost history.
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Ben Johnson's study of the Plan de San Diego uprising is so much more than just border history. It touches on international relations, military strategy, identity politics, historiography, demographics, labor history, and how the Texas Rangers got their name. Far more than a 9 year old like me should care about when I could be reading Harry Potter. But he makes the story compelling and relevant. This seemingly isolated movement suggests a great deal about contemporary ethnic and national conflicts around the world. So rush to your local library to borrow this book!
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Good and interesting description of and event I had no idea had happened. This was a big deal in Texas and made a difference as well described in the book, but many of us didn't even know if happened. Recommended.
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Great Read! And wow! What a surprisingly interesting event! The book came to me in the condition it said it would. I got an "A" on my book report so that's all that matters at this point.
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Well-written history of a horrible and relatively unknown couple years of Texas.
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Where to begin? What a sad, depressing tale. So it took the lynching of 5000 Mexican-Americans down below the Nueces River in Texas in 1915 to turn Mexicans into Americans? Somehow seems like there could have been a better way. It's easy to forget, reading history, that these were real people, with real lives, with real families, real loved ones who mourned them. It's easy to forget from the vantage of our secure, modern cocoons just how cheap life can be where the lust for money and power is involved. Human history is a tale of blood and carnage and American history is no exception. A must read for those who seek insight into important issues facing our nation today.
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