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Texas Rangers to Border Patrol the shift in border security in the 1920's: The legacy of undemocratic and often violent origins
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Michael Faubion
Dr. Irving W. Levinson
Dr. Charles V. Waite
This study will explore the history of the United States Border Patrol (USBP) along the U.S./Mexico Border of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Texas, its position as defender of the border between Anglo Saxon Americans and ethnic Mexicans, and the repression of that history by the legitimizing actors within Texas and the United States. The shift of border security from the Texas Rangers to the USBP in 1924 resulted in ethnic Mexicans in Texas viewing the USBP not only in a negative manner but with an ethnic cultural phobia. That the result of former Texas Rangers being employed by the USBP as border patrolmen continued their tradition of actions toward ethnic Mexicans, the legacy of violent origins.
University of Texas-Pan American
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