From the Republic of the Rio Grande

9780292714533: Hardback
Release Date: 1st March 2013

9780292762138: Paperback
Release Date: 1st May 2014

28 b/w photos, 1 map

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 255

Series Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture

University of Texas Press

From the Republic of the Rio Grande

A Personal History of the Place and the People

Hardback / £39.00
Paperback / £20.99

The Republic of the Rio Grande had a brief and tenuous existence (1838–1840) before most of it was reabsorbed by Mexico and the remainder annexed by the United States, yet this region that straddles the Rio Grande has retained its distinctive cultural identity to the present day. Born on one side of the Rio Grande and raised on the other, Beatriz de la Garza is a product of this region. Her birthplace and its people are the subjects of this work, which fuses family memoir and borderlands history.

From the Republic of the Rio Grande brings new insights and information to the study of transnational cultures by drawing from family papers supplemented by other original sources, local chronicles, and scholarly works. De la Garza has fashioned a history of this area from the perspective of individuals involved in the events recounted. The book is composed of nine sections spanning some two hundred years, beginning in the mid-1700s. Each section covers not only a chronological period but also a particular theme relating to the history of the region. De la Garza takes a personal approach, opening most sections with an individual observation or experience that leads to the central motif, whether this is the shared identity of the inhabitants, their pride in their biculturalism and bilingualism, or their deep attachment to the land of their ancestors.

  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. The Republic of the Rio Grande
  • Chapter 2. The Kingdom of Zapata
  • Chapter 3. Grandfather's Revolution: The Horseman
  • Chapter 4. Grandfather's Revolution: The Historian
  • Chapter 5. The Prodigal
  • Chapter 6. "You and I Will Die of Love"
  • Chapter 7. "Not a Stone upon a Stone"
  • Chapter 8. The Streets of Laredo
  • Chapter 9. Voyages in English
  • Works Cited
  • Index

Beatriz de la Garza is an attorney and writer in Austin, Texas. Her previous books are The Candy Vendor’s Boy and Other Stories and Pillars of Gold and Silver.

"An enduring story of the people and events that shaped an experience of triumph and failure, as the citizenry [of Guerrero in Nuevo Santander and Tamaulipas] adjusted to the broader national and international happenings from the mid-eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. . . . The book promises to be a useful and meaningful work for borderlands scholars and the general public."

Armando C. Alonzo, Associate Professor of History, Texas A&M University; author of Tejano Legacy: Rancheros and Settlers in South Texas, 1734–1900