Weber, David J. Weber : The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846, The American Southwest Under Mexico

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Weber, David J. The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846, The American Southwest Under Mexico. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1982.

In The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846, The American Southwest Under Mexico, Dr. David J. Weber takes readers on a well-versed journey through what would become much of the United States’ held, American southwest. After completing the enormous task of pulling together, sifting through, and analyzing for veracity and applicability, literally dozens of secondary sources, Weber also sought out, culled together, and analyzed a wealth of valuable and germane primary sources from not only the Anglo perspective, but also the Hispanic or Mexican perspective.
Weber presents this wealth of knowledge and data about the Mexican Era of the American Southwest, 1821-1846 as an “effort at synthesis” in a topical, yet time-aware format. Although each chapter follows a topical arrangement that encompasses discussion over many years of detail within context, including location, events, and population, each topic flows linearly, enabling the reader to feel a sense of moving forward in time, along with a logical progression in the topic being discussed. Weber does an excellent work of aiding the reader’s understanding of events, while still jumping across the far northern Hispanic populated regions (Texas to New Mexico, to Arizona, and Alta California) without creating a great deal of confusion. In progressing this way, Weber situates the complex…

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