The lynching of persons of Mexican origin or descent in the United States, 1848 to 1928.
On November 16, 1928, four masked men tore into a hospital in Farmington, New Mexico Farmington (Navajo: Tótah) is a city in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 37,844. The Census Bureau's 2006 population estimate for the city is 43,573. and abducted abducted Distal angulation of an extremity away from the midline of the body in a transverse plane and away from a sagittal plane passing through the proximal aspect of the foot or part, or away from some other specified reference point one of the patients as he lay dying in bed. The kidnappers drove to an abandoned farmhouse on the outskirts of the city where they tied a rope around the neck of their captive and hanged him from a locust tree locust tree
see robinia pseudoacacia. . (1)
The dead man, Rafael Benavides, had been admitted to the hospital with a serious gun wound less than twenty-four hours earlier. His wound was inflicted by a sheriff's posse pursuing him for an assault upon a farmer's wife farmer’s wife
makes hell too hot even for the devil, who sends her back home. [Am. Balladry: “The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife”]
See : Shrewishness . According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. one newspaper, "the fiendishness and brutality of his acts were such that the postal laws will not permit us to print them." (2) The abduction Abduction
expecting inheritance, kidnapped by uncle. [Br. Lit.: Kidnapped]
kidnapped at age five; taken from Scotland. [Br. Lit. and execution of Benavides therefore elicited the approval of many local citizens relieved at the removal from their community of this dangerous menace. In the frank opinion of one newspaper editorial, "the degenerate Mexican got exactly what was coming to him." (3) Others were nonetheless more circumspect cir·cum·spect
Heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent.
[Middle English, from Latin circumspectus, past participle of circumspicere, to take heed : in their assessment of the lynching. While they did not dispute the guilt of the dead man, they contended that his due punishment could only be determined by a court of law. The Santa Fe Santa Fe, city, Argentina
Santa Fe, city (1991 pop. 341,000), capital of Santa Fe prov., NE Argentina, a river port near the Paraná, with which it is connected by canal. New Mexican New Mexico Abbr. NM or N.M. or N.Mex.
A state of the southwest United States on the Mexican border. It was admitted as the 47th state in 1912. responded to the precipitous action of the mob by stating that it would "take San Juan County San Juan County is the name of four counties in the United States:
Although widely recognized in the Mexican community on both sides of the border, and among some scholars, the story of mob violence against Mexicans remains relatively unknown to the wider public. Two recent popular works on lynching--James Allen's Without Sanctuary and Philip Dray's At the Hands of Persons Unknown--reveal the extent to which the historical narrative of racial violence in the United States excludes Mexicans. In January 2000, the photographs that would later be published in James Allen's Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America went on display at the Roth Horowitz Gallery in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City
City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. . This widely acclaimed exhibit, which was later shown at the New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of Historical Society and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site: see National Parks and Monuments (table). , contained 54 separate images and several artifacts artifacts
see specimen artifacts. relating to relating to relate prep → concernant
relating to relate prep → bezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc lynching. Forty-five of the images depicted the corpses of African American African American Multiculture A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. See Race. lynching victims. Seven other photographs showed Anglo fatalities. Images and artifacts relating to the mob murder of Sicilian, Jewish and Chinese immigrants were also included. Yet neither the exhibition nor the accompanying book contain any reference to Mexicans. Although photographic evidence of numerous Mexican lynching victims exists, its omission created a false impression that Mexicans had not been the targets of organized racial violence. (6)Similar criticisms can be made of Philip Dray. In 2002, Dray published the first national overview of lynching in the United States Lynching in the United States has influenced and been influenced by the major social conflicts in the country, revolving around the American frontier, Reconstruction, and the civil rights movement. in more than a half-century. His book, At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America, was a bestseller and winner of a major literary award. Dray rightfully focuses upon the thousands of African Americans who perished at the hands of Anglo mobs in the Southern United States The Southern United States—commonly referred to as the American South, Dixie, or simply the South—constitutes a large distinctive region in the southeastern and south-central United States. . Although the book contains some discussion of other ethnic groups, not once in more than five hundred pages does it mention Mexicans. (7)
These popular works of history highlight the extent to which the public is unaware of the lynching of Mexicans. More problematic still is the fact that, despite the recent flourishing of academic literature on lynching, scholars also persistently overlook anti-Mexican violence. Recent years have witnessed an outpouring of new publications on lynching, including studies by Leon Litwack, David Grimsted, Grace Hale, Dominic J. Capeci, Jr., Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips, Jr., Monte Akers, Michael Fedo, and Christopher Waldrep. (8) These works, however, focus overwhelmingly on black victims of lynching in the South. Historians, sociologists, and scholars in a variety of disciplines have been deploying exciting new models and theories to help us understand white-on-black mob violence, but they have not thought to include racial violence against Mexicans in their analysis.
Borderlands scholars, by contrast, have been writing about anti-Mexican mob violence for decades. Although no comprehensive work on the lynching of Mexicans was ever produced, several historians have addressed the subject of mob violence against Mexicans in more general terms. Despite the extensive documentation of anti-Mexican mob violence provided by these scholars, historians of lynching continue to ignore the brutal repression of Spanish-speakers in the United States. One reason is that no scholar has attempted to provide an actual count of Mexican lynching victims. Discussions of African American lynching victims in the South have rested upon an actual count of individual cases since the turn of the twentieth century. The treatment of Mexican lynching victims, by contrast, often rests upon impressionistic im·pres·sion·is·tic
1. Of, relating to, or practicing impressionism.
2. Of, relating to, or predicated on impression as opposed to reason or fact: impressionistic memories of early childhood. estimates. In 1949, Carey McWilliams Carey McWilliams may refer to:
There are, of course, good reasons to emphasize estimates over counts. It is obviously tree that no amount of historical research will ever reveal every single lynching victim--no matter their race and ethnicity--that is anywhere near the actual number of victims. When introduced and described carefully, precise, well-documented statistics can nonetheless have great value. For better or worse, they play an important role in both academic and public discourse. Certain academics and many members of the public receive estimates of mob violence with great skepticism. People tend to disbelieve dis·be·lieve
v. dis·be·lieved, dis·be·liev·ing, dis·be·lieves
To refuse to believe in; reject.
To withhold or reject belief. in great tragedies, especially those in which they are complicit com·plic·it
Associated with or participating in a questionable act or a crime; having complicity: newspapers complicit with the propaganda arm of a dictatorship. . Statistics based upon actual counts also allow comparison between groups, for example, among black lynching victims and Mexican lynching victims.
This essay seeks to expand upon the existing work in the fields of lynching studies and Mexican American Mexican American
A U.S. citizen or resident of Mexican descent.
Mexi·can-A·mer history by providing the first systematic analysis of Mexican lynching victims. Our study is based upon extensive archival research that adds to the number of previously documented cases of anti-Mexican mob violence. For instance, the files at Tuskegee Institute contain the most comprehensive count of lynching victims in the United States, but they only refer to the lynching of fifty Mexicans in the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S). , and Texas. Our own research has revealed a total of 216 victims during the same time period.
This massive undercount un·der·count
tr.v. un·der·count·ed, un·der·count·ing, un·der·counts
To record fewer than the actual number of (persons in a census, for example). is not the only problem. It is not easy to find even the fifty cases included in Tuskegee's records. In every publication and data summary of the Tuskegee materials, the lynching victims are divided into only two categories, "black" and "white." This neat binary division belies historical reality since the list of "white" victims actually included Native Americans, Chinese immigrants, Italians, and Mexicans. In order to determine that 50 of the victims recorded by Tuskegee as "white" were actually of Mexican descent, one has to peruse pe·ruse
tr.v. pe·rused, pe·rus·ing, pe·rus·es
To read or examine, typically with great care.
[Middle English perusen, to use up : Latin per-, per- the original archival records. Tuskegee's binary division of blacks and non-blacks has been widely adopted by other groups collecting lynching data and by the scholars who have written about lynching. The central aim of this study is to broaden the scholarly discourse on lynching by moving beyond the traditional limitations of the black/white paradigm. Placing the experience of Mexicans into the history of lynching expands our understanding of the causes of mob violence and the ways in which individuals and groups sought to resist lynching and vigilantism Taking the law into one's own hands and attempting to effect justice according to one's own understanding of right and wrong; action taken by a voluntary association of persons who organize themselves for the purpose of protecting a common interest, such as liberty, property, or .
Historical and Comparative Contexts
Between 1848 and 1928, mobs lynched at least 597 Mexicans. Historian Christopher Waldrep has asserted that the definition of lynching has altered so much over the course of time as to render impossible the accurate collection of data on mob violence. (10) It is therefore essential to familiarize the reader from the outset with the interpretation of lynching used to compile the statistics in this essay. The authors regard lynching as a retributive re·trib·u·tive
Of, involving, or characterized by retribution; retributory.
Adj. 1. act of murder for which those responsible claim to be serving the interests of justice, tradition, or community good. Although our notion as to what constitutes a lynching is clear, it is still impossible to provide a precise count of the number of Mexican victims. We have excluded a significant number of reported lynchings when the sources do not allow for verification of specific data such as the date, location or identity of the victim. The statistics included in this essay should therefore be considered a conservative estimate of the actual number of Mexicans lynched in the United States.
Even when one considers the methodological problems in compiling accurate data on lynching, it is clear that Mexicans suffered from mob violence in smaller numbers than African Americans. Between 1882 and 1930, it is commonly noted that at least 3,386 African Americans died at the hands of lynch mobs. Our research reveals, however, that the danger of lynching for a Mexican resident in the United States was nearly as great, and in some instances greater, than the specter of mob violence for a black person in the American South. Because of the smaller size of the Spanish-speaking population, the total number of Mexican victims was much lower, but the chance of being murdered by a mob was comparable for both Mexicans and African Americans.
Comparative data on Mexican and African American lynching victims are unavailable for the years between 1848 and 1879. However, it is still possible to place the number of Mexican victims during this time period in context. As Table One shows, between 1848 and 1879 Mexicans were lynched at a rate of 473 per 100,000 of population. This statistic is astounding a·stound
tr.v. a·stound·ed, a·stound·ing, a·stounds
To astonish and bewilder. See Synonyms at surprise.
[From Middle English astoned, past participle of astonen, even when compared with African American victims during the period scholars claim was most rife with mob violence--1880 to 1930--and in the most lynch-prone states in the South. During these years, the Years, The
the seven decades of Eleanor Pargiter’s life. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 1109]
See : Time highest lynching rate for African Americans was in Mississippi, with 52.8 victims per 100,000 of population. On the basis of such comparison, the Mexican population of the United States between 1848 and 1879 faced unparalleled danger from mob violence. The growth of the Mexican population at the turn of the twentieth century and a decline in white-on-Mexican violence led to a substantial decline in the lynching rate after 1880. Nevertheless, the figure of 27.4 Mexican lynching victims per 100,000 of population for that period exceeds the statistics during the same time for black victims in some southern states Southern States
government of 11 Southern states that left the Union in 1860. [Am. Hist.: EB, III: 73]
popular name for Southern states in U.S. and for song. [Am. Hist. and nearly equals that in others. Between 1880 and 1930, for instance, the lynching rate for African Americans in South Carolina South Carolina, state of the SE United States. It is bordered by North Carolina (N), the Atlantic Ocean (SE), and Georgia (SW). Facts and Figures
Area, 31,055 sq mi (80,432 sq km). Pop. (2000) 4,012,012, a 15. and North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures
Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop. respectively was 18.8 and 11.0 per 100,000 of population. In Alabama, the figure was 32.4. These figures suggest that Mexicans faced a similar risk of lynching as African Americans in some states of the Deep South. (Further information on how these statistics were calculated can be found in the Appendix.)
Statistics alone can never explain lynching in the United States. More than other Americans, blacks and Mexicans lived with the threat of lynching throughout the second half of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century. The story of Mexican lynching is not a footnote in history but rather a critical chapter in the history of Anglo western expansion and conquest. If the story of lynching is essential to understanding the African American experience, then lynching is equally important to the story of the Mexican American experience.
As Table Two demonstrates, the lynchings occurred most commonly in the four southwestern states where Mexicans were concentrated in largest number. Lynching patterns varied significantly within the southwestern states. A comprehensive treatment of the subject would emphasize the distinctive patterns of mob violence that developed in each of the four states. Mob violence in Texas, for example, differed significantly from lynching in California. Furthermore, lynching varied within state borders as well. Differences between Northern and Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, , without question, impacted anti-Mexican violence. In spite of the significant differences among states and regions, certain patterns do emerge.
Limitations of Traditional Frontier Violence Theories
Western historians have traditionally portrayed extra-legal violence as an essential function of the frontier. According to this interpretation, the economic and demographic development of the frontier rapidly outpaced the growth of legal and governmental institutions. Faced with the absence or impotence of proper legal authorities, frontiersmen were forced to take the law into their own hands. Vigilantism therefore served a legitimate purpose in the settlement of the American West, preserving the fragile order and security of frontier communities, and paving the way for the establishment of a formal legal system. (11) The historian Richard Maxwell Richard Maxwell is an experimental director and playwright in New York City. He is originally from West Fargo, North Dakota. Productions
Maxwell's plays have been performed in New York at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, HERE Arts Center, P.S. Brown is the most well known exponent of this interpretative model. In his opinion, vigilantism "was a positive facet of the American experience American Experience (sometimes abbreviated AmEx) is a television program airing on the PBS network in the United States. The program airs documentaries about important or interesting events and people in American history, many of which have won impressive . Many a new frontier New Frontier
President John F. Kennedy’s legislative program, encompassing such areas as civil rights, the economy, and foreign relations. [Am. Hist.: WB, K:212]
See : Aid, Governmental community gained order and stability as the result of vigilantism that reconstructed the community pattern and values of the old settled areas, while dealing effectively with crime and disorder." (12)
Frontier conditions undoubtedly fostered the growth of vigilantism in general. Nonetheless, the conventional interpretation of western violence cannot be applied to the lynching of Mexicans. The most serious criticism of the "socially constructive" model of vigilantism espoused by Richard Maxwell Brown is that it legitimates the actions of lawbreakers. There is an implicit presumption in the civic virtue
Civic virtue of the vigilantes vigilantes (vĭjĭlăn`tēz), members of a vigilance committee. Such committees were formed in U.S. frontier communities to enforce law and order before a regularly constituted government could be established or have real authority. and the criminal guilt of their victims. In truth, the popular tribunals that put Mexicans to death can seldom be said to have acted in the spirit of the law. According to Joseph Caughey, vigilante vigilante n. someone who takes the law into his/her own hands by trying and/or punishing another person without any legal authority. In the 1800s groups of vigilantes dispensed "frontier justice" by holding trials of accused horse-thieves, rustlers and shooters, and committees persisted in their activities "long after the arrival" of the law courts. (13) However, Anglos refused to recognize the legitimacy of these courts when they were controlled or influenced by Mexicans. Determined to redress the balance of racial and political power, they constructed their own parallel mechanisms of justice. This is precisely what occurred in Socorro, New Mexico Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It stands in the Rio Grande Valley, at an elevation of 4579 feet (1396 m). The population was 8,879 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Socorro CountyGR6. during the 1880s, when an Anglo vigilance committee arose in opposition to the predominantly Mexican legal authorities. (14) These committees showed little respect for the legal rights of Mexicans, executing them in disproportionately large numbers. Their actions therefore amounted to institutionalized discrimination Institutionalized discrimination is discrimination which has long been accepted as normal governmental operating procedures, laws, or objectives.
Examples of institutionalized discrimination include, laws and decisions that reflect racism, such as the Plessy vs. . (15)
Another crucial factor to consider is that only a small number of Mexican lynching victims--64 out of a total of 597--met their fate at the hands of vigilante committees acting in the absence of a formal judicial system. Most were summarily executed by mobs that denied the accused even the semblance of a trial. These mobs acted less out of a rational interest in law and order than an irrational prejudice towards racial minorities. Their members expressed contempt for the due process of law by snatching suspected Mexican criminals from courtrooms or prison cells and then executing them. In June 1874, Jesus Romo was arrested for robbery and attempted murder In the criminal law, attempted murder is committed when the defendant does an act that is more than merely preparatory to the commission of the crime of murder and, at the time of these acts, the person has a specific intention to kill. near Puente Creek in California. Romo was grabbed from the arresting officer by a gang of masked men who tied a rope around his neck and hanged him. Such was the presumption of his guilt in the minds of the mob that it precluded the need for him to stand trial. The Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Star commended the decision to dispense with To permit the neglect or omission of, as a form, a ceremony, an oath; to suspend the operation of, as a law; to give up, release, or do without, as services, attention, etc.; to forego; to part with
To allow by dispensation; to excuse; to exempt; to grant dispensation to or for. legal formalities, declaring that Romo was "a hardened and blood-stained desperado, who deserved richly the fate which overtook him." (16) In this and other instances the mob was motivated by unsubstantiated assertions and an impulsive instinct for vengeance. Their actions therefore did not so much uphold the law as oppose its proper implementation. A similar incident occurred in April 1877 when Andres Martinez Noun 1. Andres Martinez - Venezuelan master terrorist raised by a Marxist-Leninist father; trained and worked with many terrorist groups (born in 1949)
Carlos, Carlos the Jackal, Glen Gebhard, Hector Hevodidbon, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, Ilich Sanchez, Michael Assat, and Jose Maria Cordena were arrested for horse theft in Collins County, Texas. The two men never saw the inside of a courtroom but were instead seized from the custody of the authorities by ten masked men Ten Masked Men is a British death metal cover band who specialize in 'destroying' pop 'classics'. The band was formed in 1996 when The Mauler and The Chef did a cover of Oasis' "Wonderwall" as a joke. and shot dead. (17)
The spatial distribution of Mexican lynchings also confounds those who suggest that remote locations forced vigilantes to take extralegal ex·tra·le·gal
Not permitted or governed by law.
extra·le action. Many episodes of anti-Mexican mob violence involve lynch mobs that broke into jails to retrieve their victims. To be sure, there were times when lynch mobs operated in isolated mining camps, in out-of-the-way gulches, or on sparsely-settled ranchlands. Even in these cases, however, lynch mobs often sought out these remote locations in order to avoid the negative attention that a more public lynching would generate. On July 13, 1877 masked men in San Juan San Juan, city, Argentina
San Juan (săn wän, Span. sän hwän), city (1991 pop. 353,476), capital of San Juan prov., W Argentina. It is a commercial and industrial center in an agricultural region. , California seized Justin Arajo, a Mexican arrested for the murder of an Anglo, and took him to a remote roadside where they hanged him from a willow tree. (18)
The lynching of Mexicans not only occurred in areas where there was a fully operating legal system but often involved the active collusion of law officers themselves. In February 1857 a justice of the peace assembled an unwilling audience of Mexicans outside the San Gabriel San Gabriel (săn gā`brēəl), city (1990 pop. 37,120), Los Angeles co., SW Calif.; inc. 1913. Fabric, furniture, paper products, tools, and aircraft parts are manufactured. mission to watch as he decapitated de·cap·i·tate
tr.v. de·cap·i·tat·ed, de·cap·i·tat·ing, de·cap·i·tates
To cut off the head of; behead.
[Late Latin d Miguel Soto and then stabbed repeatedly at the corpse. (19) The most systematic abuse of legal authority was by the Texas Rangers Texas Rangers, mounted fighting force organized (1835) during the Texas Revolution. During the republic they became established as the guardians of the Texas frontier, particularly against Native Americans. . Their brutal repression of the Mexican population was tantamount to state-sanctioned terrorism. Although the exact number of those murdered by the Rangers is unknown, historians estimate that it ran into the hundreds and even thousands. (20) In March 1881, Rangers crossed the border into Mexico and illegally arrested Onofrio Baca on a charge of murder. Baca was returned without extradition orders to the United States where he was handed over to a mob "and strung up to the cross beams of the gate in the court house yard until he was dead." (21) The terrorizing of Mexicans continued well into the twentieth century. On October 18, 1915, Mexican outlaws derailed a train travelling towards Brownsville, killing several passengers. Some who survived the crash were robbed and murdered by the bandits. The Rangers exacted brutal revenge. Two Mexican passengers aboard the train were shot for their supposed assistance of the raid. The Rangers then executed eight suspected Mexican criminals along the banks of the Rio Grande Rio Grande, city, Brazil
Rio Grande (rē` grän`dĭ), city (1991 pop. . (22)
The reality is that the legal system not only failed to protect Mexicans but served as an instrument of their oppression. Only under pressure from the federal government were local and state authorities willing to investigate acts of mob violence. Even when these investigations were carried out, they inevitably failed to identify those responsible. As a result, almost no white man was ever made to stand trial for the lynching of a Mexican. As the U.S. Consul in Matamoros, Thomas Wilson Thomas Wilson is the name of a number of different people:
tr.v. de·spoiled, de·spoil·ing, de·spoils
1. To sack; plunder.
2. To deprive of something valuable by force; rob: in any way, there is a great fuss made about it by those not of Mexican origin." (23)
Race and Conquest
The traditional interpretation of western violence will clearly not suffice. It is instead our conviction that racial prejudice was the primary force in fomenting mob violence against Mexicans. This perspective on western violence has suffered undue neglect from scholars, in a recent essay, one of the foremost historians of western violence writes that there were six essential "beliefs" that underpinned acts of physical conflict throughout the region. Race is not one of them. (24) This tendency to downplay the influence of race is also apparent in a study of two frontier communities by Roger McGrath. In the absence of any serious racial conflict within these communities, he confidently asserts that "it would seem that the frontier, instead of representing America at its worst may have, in many respects, represented the nation at its best." (25)
Only with the emergence of the New Western History has there been recognition of the pervasive influence of racial prejudice. As Patricia Nelson Limerick Patricia Nelson Limerick (born May 17 1951) is an American historian, considered to be one of the leading historians of the American West. She was born and raised in Banning, California.
Limerick received a B.A. asserted in her seminal work A seminal work is a work from which other works grow. The term usually refers to an intellectual or artistic achievement whose ideas and techniques have been adopted or responded to in later works by other people, either in the same field or in the general culture. The Legacy of Conquest, the history of the West has been characterized by a continuing contest for cultural dominance between Anglos and non-white minorities, a contest that has bred brutal acts of violence. (26) In recognition of this, Arnoldo De Leon has declared it is time that "historians should revive the issue of 'race' as an analytical frame of reference for understanding western history." (27)
The lynching of Mexicans underlines the centrality of class and race in the American colonization of the American West. The bitter racial enmity of the U.S.-Mexican War had an enduring legacy long after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is the peace treaty, largely dictated by the United States to the interim government of a militarily occupied Mexico, that ended the Mexican-American War (1846–1848). established nominal peace. Well into the twentieth century the majority white culture continued to utilize extra-legal violence against Mexicans as a means of asserting its sovereignty over the region. The lynching of Mexicans was one of the mechanisms by which Anglos consolidated their colonial control of the American West. Mob violence contributed to the displacement of the Mexican population from the land, denial of access to natural resources, political disfranchisement The removal of the rights and privileges inherent in an association with a group; the taking away of the rights of a free citizen, especially the right to vote. Sometimes called disenfranchisement. , and economic dependency upon an Anglo controlled capitalist order. (28)
The racial identity of Mexicans was to a considerable degree determined by their class status. The earliest Anglo settlers to the Southwest saw the native ruling elite as a superior racial group to the mass of Mexican laborers. Travellers such as Richard Henry Richard Henry is a name that may refer to several people:
filiation, lineage, descent
family relationship, kinship, relationship - (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption from the Spanish colonists of the seventeenth century. Their racial purity elevated them to a position of social superiority over the majority of the Mexican population. As Dana put it, "each person's caste is decided by the quality of the blood, which shows itself, too plainly to be concealed, at first sight. (29) While most Mexicans were restricted to a status of permanent racial subordination, a small minority were therefore able to secure the social advantages of whiteness. Their position as whites acted as a protective shield against mob violence. Although the elite often suffered assaults against their property, they seldom experienced injury in person. On occasion, Anglos even invited their involvement in vigilance committees. (30)
In contrast to the elite, lower class Mexicans were classified as a distinct and inferior racial other. Mexican lynching victims were overwhelmingly members of the impoverished laboring class. The majority of Mexicans occupied a liminal liminal /lim·i·nal/ (lim´i-n'l) barely perceptible; pertaining to a threshold.
Relating to a threshold.
barely perceptible; pertaining to a threshold. position within the racial hierarchy of the southwestern states. The law classified them as white. However, the social antipathy of Anglos undermined their de jure [Latin, In law.] Legitimate; lawful, as a Matter of Law. Having complied with all the requirements imposed by law.
De jure is commonly paired with de facto, which means "in fact. status. The contemporary discourse on race relations race relations
the relations between members of two or more races within a single community
race relations npl → relaciones fpl raciales
perpetuated the notion that lower class Mexicans were a hybrid of Anglo, Indian, Spanish and African blood. Their impure im·pure
adj. im·pur·er, im·pur·est
1. Not pure or clean; contaminated.
2. Not purified by religious rite; unclean.
3. Immoral or sinful: impure thoughts. status pushed them to the margins of whiteness, precluding their entitlement to many of its social privileges. As a track foreman interviewed in Dimmit County, Texas Dimmit County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 10,248. It is named for Philip Dimmitt, a major figure in the Texas Revolution. The reason the county name differs is due to the fact that the bill creating the county misspelled Dimmitt's observed in the late 1920s, "They are an inferior race. I would not think of classing Mexicans as whites." (31)
The racial attitudes of Anglos resulted in disastrous consequences. Mexicans found themselves dispossessed of their land by a combination of force and fraud. The new urban economy of the late nineteenth century afforded them few opportunities, confining them for the most part to poorly paid manual labor. The combined forces of economic discrimination and racial prejudice in turn restricted Mexicans to their own ethnic neighborhoods, or barrios Barrios is a name of Hispanic origin. The name may refer to: Persons
The physical and psychological boundaries between the two races therefore resulted in mutual misunderstanding and suspicion. In particular, it helped to perpetuate the racial stereotyping of Mexicans as a cruel and treacherous people with a natural proclivity pro·cliv·i·ty
n. pl. pro·cliv·i·ties
A natural propensity or inclination; predisposition. See Synonyms at predilection.
[Latin pr toward criminal behavior. As one Anglo author observed, "The Spanish Americans are held in sovereign contempt by citizens, and are stigmatized with being filthy, ignorant, lazy and vicious." (34) These stereotypes instilled the conviction that Mexicans constituted a violent threat to the established social order. This in turn provided Anglos with the pretext for acts of repressive violence. In the words of California gold California Gold were an American soccer team, founded in 1998. The team was a member of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, until 2006, when the team left the league and the franchise was terminated. prospector Elias S. Ketcham, "many persons who are prejudiced, say they are all alike, a set of cut throats + should be exterminated, or drove out of the country." (35)
The primacy of racial prejudice is underlined by the acts of ritualized torture and sadism that accompanied the lynching of Mexicans. As Table Three shows, 52 of the Mexican lynching victims recorded in our data suffered some act of physical mutilation Mutilation
See also Brutality, Cruelty.
Mutiny (See REBELLION.)
hacked to death; body pieces strewn about. [Gk. Myth.: Walsh Classical, 3]
had breasts cut off. [Christian Hagiog. . The most common forms of maiming were the burning and shooting of bodies after they had been hanged, although there were more extreme examples. In February 1856, the body of a Mexican horse thief A Horse thief is a person who steals horses. The label historically carries negative connotations of guile and depredation approximating the same weight of evil as a kidnapper or swindler. was discovered in a ravine near the Californian Mission San Gabriel. The dead man had been shot four times, his body hacked by a knife blade, and his tongue cut out. (36) Vigilantes in Virginia City, Montana Virginia City is a town in Madison County, Montana, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 130. It is the county seat of Madison CountyGR6. , similarly dismembered a suspected Mexican murderer. Joe Pizanthia was hanged and his corpse first shot and then burned. (37) Although Anglos also suffered at the hands of lynch mobs, their executions occurred without elaborate ceremony. By contrast, in turning the lynching of Mexicans, into a public spectacle, Anglos sent a powerful warning that they would not tolerate any challenge to their cultural and political hegemony.
A similar conclusion can be made with regard to the high number of multiple lynching cases. Accusations of criminal misconduct by an individual Mexican resulted in indiscriminate acts of retribution. The identity of the victim was therefore of less consequence than the symbolic message contained in the mob's violent reassertion of Anglo sovereignty. In September 1919, two Mexicans were lynched in revenge for the murder of a local police officer by a mob in Pueblo, Colorado The City of Pueblo (IPA: /'sɪti əv 'pwɛbloʊ/) is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat of Pueblo County, Colorado, USA. . Later it was disclosed that the prisoners awaiting trial for the murder had been removed for their protection to another jail. As one newspaper observed, "the mob with its usual lack of discrimination and reasoning simply took two Mexicans found in the jail and hanged them." (38) In total, of the 285 acts of mob violence recorded in our data, 113 involved multiple lynchings. These figures include some of the largest lynchings in the United States. In July 1877, for instance, Anglos in Nueces County, Texas Nueces County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of 2000, the population was 313,645. The county seat is Corpus Christi6 and it is part of the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area. , avenged the murder of Lee Rabb by randomly slaughtering as many as forty Mexicans. (39)
Racial prejudice alone cannot account for the lynching of Mexicans. An assessment of the supposed crimes committed by Mexican mob victims indicates the additional importance of gender. As Table Four shows, Anglos lynched only nine Mexicans for alleged transgressions of sexual norms. Among these victims was Aureliano Castellon, murdered by a mob in Senior, Texas following an attempted assault on a fifteen-year-old girl. (40) This was nonetheless an exceptional incident.
An explanation for this phenomenon is to be found in the gendered construction of Mexican racial identity. The dominant discourse of the nineteenth century drew distinctions between "masculine" and "feminine" races. Mexicans were classified according to the latter category. (41) Anglo stereotypes of Mexican males therefore emphasized their supposed lack of traditional masculine virtue. Mexican men were denied the attributes of honor, honesty, and loyalty. Instead they were defined as unprincipled, conniving, and treacherous. "The men are tall and robust," wrote Theodore T. Johnson in 1849, "but appear effeminate ef·fem·i·nate
1. Having qualities or characteristics more often associated with women than men. See Synonyms at female.
2. Characterized by weakness and excessive refinement. in their fancy serapas, under which they invariably in·var·i·a·ble
Not changing or subject to change; constant.
in·vari·a·bil conceal their ready and cowardly knife." (42) The effeminization of Mexicans encouraged Anglos to accuse them of such crimes as cheating at cards or cowardly acts of murder. At the same time, it also diminished their sexual menace to whites. As the economist Paul Schuster Taylor Paul Schuster Taylor (born in 1895 in Sioux City, Iowa, died 1985 in Berkeley) was a progressive agricultural economist. He was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin and earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley where he then became professor of economics observed, Mexicans were less commonly seen as carnal carnal adjective Referring to the flesh, to baser instincts, often referring to sexual “knowledge” predators than were African Americans. (43)
Mexican women as well as men suffered from racial stereotyping. Anglos drew distinctions between Mexican women on the basis of class and race. (44) The earliest Anglo settlers to the Southwest sought to increase their access to political control and possession of natural resources through intermarriage in·ter·mar·ry
intr.v. in·ter·mar·ried, in·ter·mar·ry·ing, in·ter·mar·ries
1. To marry a member of another group.
2. To be bound together by the marriages of members.
3. with the native ruling class. In order to encourage social acceptance of such unions, Anglos claimed that elite Mexican women were the racially pure descendants of the Spanish conquistadores. This emphasis upon a shared European cultural and biological heritage allowed Anglos to claim the social privileges of whiteness for their Mexican spouses. Popular literature romanticized elite Mexican women as uncommonly beautiful, graceful, and sophisticated. As Alfred Robinson Alfred Robinson (1806-1895) was an American businessman in California under Mexico and the United States. He wrote Life in California (1846)an influential early description of the region. , who married into an elite Californio family, affirmed: "perhaps there are few places in the world where, in proportion to the number of inhabitants
The game is based loosely on the concepts from SameGame. , can be found more chastity, industrious habits, and correct deportment de·port·ment
A manner of personal conduct; behavior. See Synonyms at behavior.
the way in which a person moves and stands: , than among the women of this place." (45)
Mexican women of the lower classes were less immune to pejorative pejorative Medtalk Bad…real bad racial stereotypes. Anglo attitudes toward the mass of Mexican women were conditioned by their own ethnocentric eth·no·cen·trism
1. Belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group.
2. Overriding concern with race.
eth notions of proper female behavior. The "cult of domesticity The Cult of Domesticity or Cult of True Womanhood (named such by its detractors, hence the pejorative use of the word "cult") was a prevailing view among middle and upper class white women during the nineteenth century, in the United States. " delineated the appropriate social role of women as that of home maker. Women were perceived as the personification personification, figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstract ideas are endowed with human qualities, e.g., allegorical morality plays where characters include Good Deeds, Beauty, and Death. of moral propriety and entrusted with the responsibility to impart that virtue to their husbands and children. Anglos judged lower class Mexican women by this culturally specific standard, and found them wanting. The racial discourse of the nineteenth century portrayed Mexican women as the inverse reflection of their idealized i·de·al·ize
v. i·de·al·ized, i·de·al·iz·ing, i·de·al·iz·es
1. To regard as ideal.
2. To make or envision as ideal.
1. Anglo counterparts. While Anglo women were considered pious and chaste, Mexican females were seen as depraved de·praved
Morally corrupt; perverted.
de·praved·ly adv. and sexually promiscuous. The popular stereotype of the Mexican prostitute gained powerful cultural currency during the California Gold Rush
The California Gold Rush 1848–1855) began on January 24, 1848, when gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill. . Anglos asserted that Mexican women in the mines turned to prostitution as a result less of their marginalized economic status than of their innate moral degeneracy Degeneracy (quantum mechanics)
A term referring to the fact that two or more stationary states of the same quantum-mechanical system may have the same energy even though their wave functions are not the same. . According to the authors of a contemporary history of California See History of California to 1899 or History of California 1900 to present. , "The lewdness Behavior that is deemed morally impure or unacceptable in a sexual sense; open and public indecency tending to corrupt the morals of the community; gross or wanton indecency in sexual relations.
An important element of lewdness is openness. of fallen white females is shocking enough to witness, but it is by far exceeded by the disgusting practices of these tawny visaged creatures." (46) The bestial bes·tial
2. Marked by brutality or depravity.
3. Lacking in intelligence or reason; subhuman. status of Mexican females was also stressed by a prospector who wrote home to his wife that "Most of the women of this country are Mexican, just about half as good-looking as cows and just about as neat as cows." (47)
The classification of Mexican women as an inferior racial other legitimized their execution by lynch mobs. This is clearly illustrated by the hanging of a Mexican woman named Josefa Segovia in Downieville, California Downieville is the county seat of Sierra County, California. It has a population of 325.
Downieville was settled in late 1849 during the California Gold Rush and is named after Major William Downie (1820-1893), a Scotsman who led the expedition up the North Fork of the Yuba on July 5, 185 1. Josefa was accused of the murder of Frederick Canon, who had drunkenly attempted to assault her after breaking into her home. Had Josefa been an Anglo woman, she would have been praised for defending her honor. However, her degraded racial status ensured that she was seen as the criminal aggressor AGGRESSOR, crim. law. He who begins, a quarrel or dispute, either by threatening or striking another. No man may strike another because he has threatened, or in consequence of the use of any words. . (48)
Racism was also intertwined with another determining factor in mob violence against Mexicans, economic competition. Anglos considered Mexicans an innately lazy and unenterprising Adj. 1. unenterprising - lacking in enterprise; not bold or venturesome
unadventurous - lacking in boldness
ambitionless, unambitious - having little desire for success or achievement people who had failed to exploit the rich natural resources of the Southwest. Thus it was the manifest destiny manifest destiny, belief held by many Americans in the 1840s that the United States was destined to expand across the continent, by force, as used against Native Americans, if necessary. of the superior Anglo to develop the economic potential of the region. Mexican rivalry for land and precious metals Precious Metals
Valuable metals such as gold, iridium, palladium, platinum, and silver.
Investing in precious metals can be done either by purchasing the physical asset, or by purchasing futures contracts for the particular metal. was therefore considered an unacceptable challenge to the proprietary rights of Anglo pioneers.
The most striking illustration of this is the California Gold Rush. According to one estimate, as many as 25,000 Mexicans migrated to the mining regions of California between 1848 and 1852. The Mexicans not only arrived in the mines earlier than many Anglo prospectors, but brought with them superior expertise and skills. Their rapid prosperity aroused the bitter animosity of those Anglos who believed in their own natural sovereignty over the mines. As the Alta California Alta California (äl`tə kăl'ĭfôr`nyə), term used by the Spanish to refer to their possessions along the entire Pacific coast north of the Mexican state of Baja California. observed, Anglos reacted to "the superior and uniform success" of their ethnic rivals "with the feeling which has for some time existed against the Mexican miners, one of envy and jealousy." (49) The introduction of a Foreign Miners' Tax in April 1850 fueled ethnic violence since it sanctioned the expulsion of prospectors who could or would not pay. (50) In total, at least 163 Mexicans were lynched in California between 1848 and 1860. Countless others were driven from the mines in fear of their safety. According to a meeting organized by miners at Rodgers' Bar in August 1850, "Many persons of Spanish origin, against whom there had not been a word of complaint, have been murdered by these ruffians. Others have been robbed of their horses, mules, arms, and even money, by these persons, while acting as they pretended under the authority of the law." (51)
Mob violence became a common method of Anglo settlers as they sought to secure their control over the incipient capitalist economy of the southwestern states. The Texas Cart War of 1857 is a potent example. During the 1850s, Tejano businessmen developed a freight-hauling service between Indianola and San Antonio San Antonio (săn ăntō`nēō, əntōn`), city (1990 pop. 935,933), seat of Bexar co., S central Tex., at the source of the San Antonio River; inc. 1837. . Anglos resentfully turned upon the Mexican rivals whose lower prices had beaten them out of business. According to a report by the Mexican Embassy in Washington, posses of armed men "have been organized for the exclusive purpose of hunting down Mexicans on the highway, spoiling them of their property and putting them to death." (52)
There is one further factor that accounts for the phenomenon of mob violence: diplomatic hostilties between the United States and Mexico. Although the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo secured formal peace between the two countries, tensions persisted as a result of the turbulence along their mutual border. As Table Five shows, the most serious outbreaks of anti-Mexican mob violence occurred during the 1850s, the 1870s, and the 1910s, decades characterized by intense ethnic strife in the borderlands. Diplomatic relations between the two nations deteriorated as each blamed the other for the troubles. As diplomatic tensions increased, so the violence in the borderlands became even more intense. Thus there was created a downward spiral of recrimination A charge made by an individual who is being accused of some act against the accuser.
Recrimination is sometimes used as a defense in actions for Divorce. Traditionally the underlying theory was that a divorce could be granted only when one individual was innocent and the and violence.
After a period of relative stability during the American Civil War American Civil War
or Civil War or War Between the States
(1861–65) Conflict between the U.S. federal government and 11 Southern states that fought to secede from the Union. , the 1870s witnessed a renewed era of conflict. Much of the cause rested with the creation of a free trade zone. Smugglers and cattle raiders from both sides crossed the border in blatant defiance of the law. Mexican raids culminated in March 1875 when a large band of outlaws crossed into Texas near Eagle Pass and spread eastwards toward Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, in Christianity
Corpus Christi [Lat.,=body of Christ], feast of the Western Church, observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday (or on the following Sunday). in pursuit of cattle. Anglos retaliated by terrorizing local Mexican settlers, burning their homes, and shooting them in cold blood. As a US Army officer testified, "there is a considerable Texas element in the country bordering on the Nueces that think the killing of a Mexican no crime." In total, at least 147 Mexicans were lynched during the 1870s, more than in any other decade. (53)
A similar situation arose during the Mexican Revolution Mexican Revolution
(1910–20) Lengthy struggle that began with the overthrow of Porfirio Díaz, whose elitist and oligarchic policies had caused widespread dissatisfaction. . Between 1911 and 1920, Anglos lynched at least 124 Mexicans. The resurgence in mob violence resulted from incursions into Texas by Mexican bandits and revolutionaries. Anglos also became increasingly alarmed about the loyalties of the Mexican population within their midst, suspecting them of supporting revolutionary extremists who sought to reannex the land lost to the United States in the nineteenth century. Determined to secure their territorial boundaries, Anglos launched a series of brutal counter-offensives. Hundreds of Mexican families fled Texas in search of safety. According to one official who assisted the repatriation Repatriation
The process of converting a foreign currency into the currency of one's own country.
If you are American, converting British Pounds back to U.S. dollars is an example of repatriation. of these families, "they cannot live any longer in the State of Texas, as they are denied protection and many have been killed by irresponsible armed posses who have killed innocent people without reason." (54)
Mexican Resistence to Mob Violence
Scholars have in recent years given increasing emphasis to black resistance against mob violence. Their research has demonstrated how African Americans constructed a "culture of opposition" through actions that spanned the spectrum of political insurgency. Historians are nonetheless cautious about the need to strike a balance in their analysis between the personal agency of blacks and the oppressive political and economic constraints imposed by the Jim Crow Jim Crow
Negro stereotype popularized by 19th-century minstrel shows. [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 138]
See : Bigotry system. As Leon Litwack asserts, African American resistance remained "spontaneous, unorganized, individualistic, and quickly and ruthlessly suppressed." (55) Not until the establishment in 1910 of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), organization composed mainly of American blacks, but with many white members, whose goal is the end of racial discrimination and segregation. (NAACP NAACP
in full National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Oldest and largest U.S. civil rights organization. It was founded in 1909 to secure political, educational, social, and economic equality for African Americans; W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. ) did African Americans possess the permanent institutional base upon which to push for federal anti-lynching legislation. (56)
Mexicans also implemented numerous strategies of resistance that challenged the legitimacy of mob law law administered by the mob; lynch law.
See also: Mob in the southwestern states. The discussion of this resistance that follows is necessarily episodic, highlighting particular individuals and events. Resistance, particularly armed self-defense by individuals and localized groups, was nearly constant throughout the period. Protest by regional civil rights organizations and by the Mexican government occurred less regularly, though with increasing frequency in the twentieth century. The analysis that follows does not pretend to be comprehensive but seeks instead to outline the most common forms of resistance employed by Mexicans in the United States and to suggest something of the efficacy of these acts of protest.
Without recourse A phrase used by an endorser (a signer other than the original maker) of a negotiable instrument (for example, a check or promissory note) to mean that if payment of the instrument is refused, the endorser will not be responsible. to local or state authorities, it was inevitable that Mexicans should themselves assume responsibility for avenging the victims of mob violence. Frustration at the indifference and delay that dogged official investigations fueled the thirst for vigilante justice. In May 1885, the San Antonio Express reported that a white ranch overseer had been murdered in retaliation for the lynching of Mexicans in Laredo. "No one is ignorant of the late and numerous assassinations perpetrated upon the persons of Mexicans. We do not say, nor do we believe, that Mr. Murtrie had taken part in the assassinations, but he is a compatriot com·pa·tri·ot
1. A person from one's own country.
2. A colleague.
[French compatriote, from Late Latin compatri of the assassins, and he who gave him the death blow, as is believed, is a compatriot of the assassinated as·sas·si·nate
tr.v. as·sas·si·nat·ed, as·sas·si·nat·ing, as·sas·si·nates
1. To murder (a prominent person) by surprise attack, as for political reasons.
2. Mexicans." (57)
Most acts of armed resistance were localized and ephemeral. Once the perpetrators had accomplished their purpose to correct an abuse of justice, their forces dispersed and the social order was restored. Yet occasionally the cumulative impact of white violence stirred such bitter resentment as to incite To arouse; urge; provoke; encourage; spur on; goad; stir up; instigate; set in motion; as in to incite a riot. Also, generally, in Criminal Law to instigate, persuade, or move another to commit a crime; in this sense nearly synonymous with abet. a coordinated counter-offensive. The conflict between Mexican outlaws and Anglo authorities in particular assumed the characteristics of a race war. While his actual historical identity is still contested by scholars, the most infamous of these outlaws was undoubtedly Joaquin Murietta. Murietta was one of the thousands of Mexicans driven from the gold mines of California. Although he attempted to establish an honest trade around the camps as a merchant, he was accused of horse theft and severely whipped. His half-brother was hanged for the same offense. Twice a victim of white brutality, Murietta turned to violence until his death several years later. (58) Other notorious bandit bandit: see brigandage. leaders included Tiburcio Vasquez Tiburcio Vasquez (August 11 1835–March 19, 1875) was a Californio bandit who was active in California from as early as 1857 to his last capture in 1874. The Vasquez Rocks, the steep, sloped rocks about 40 miles north of Los Angeles, were one of his many hideouts, and and Juan Cortina Juan Nepomuceno Cortina Goseacochea (May 16 1824–October 30 1894), better known as Juan Cortina or by his nicknames "Cheno Cortina" and "the Red Robber of the Rio Grande", was a Mexican rancher, politician, military leader, outlaw and folk hero. , who between 1859 and 1873 engaged in a series of bitter and bloody confrontations with the U.S. military.
Scholars commonly describe these Mexican outlaws as "social bandits Social bandit is a term invented by the historian Eric Hobsbawm in his 1965 classic study of popular forms of resistance, Primitive Rebels. He further expanded the field in the 1969 study, Bandits. ." (59) Their criminal behavior was specifically conditioned by the racially oppressive climate of the Southwest. Dispossessed of their economic resources and their political rights, the outlaws launched a direct retaliatory assault upon the Anglo populace. Anglos refused to distinguish between general lawlessness and legitimate acts of resistance, indiscriminately labelling any challenge to their legal and political power as "banditry." Although some "bandits" did engage in indiscriminate acts of lawlessness, others explicitly assumed the mantle of political revolutionaries. Juan Cortina proclaimed that he was an instrument of divine retribution Divine retribution is a supernatural punishment usually directed towards all or some portions of humanity by a deity.
This theological concept exists in virtually all major religions. , sent to avenge those Mexicans murdered and dispossessed by whites. As he once observed: "There ate to be found criminals covered with frightful crimes, but they appear to have impunity until opportunity furnish them a victim; to these monsters indulgence is shown, because they are not of our race, which is unworthy, as they say, to belong to the human species." (60)
The confrontational tactics pursued by Mexican outlaws proved counterproductive. White authorities utilized the full enforcement power of the law in response to these raids, beating, arresting, and murdering suspected criminals. This in turn strengthened the bitter resolve of the outlaws. A vicious circle A Vicious Circle (1996) is a novel by Amanda Craig which dissects and satirizes contemporary British society. In particular, it describes the world of publishing -- its aspiring young authors, busy agents and opportunist literary critics. of violence and retribution was therefore created. In October 1859, Texas Rangers lynched Tomas Cabrera, a leading member of the Cortina cor`ti´na
n. 1. (Biology) a cobwebby remnant of the partial veil which in some mature mushrooms hang from the edges of the cap.
Noun 1. gang. An enraged en·rage
tr.v. en·raged, en·rag·ing, en·rag·es
To put into a rage; infuriate.
[Middle English *enragen, from Old French enrager : en-, causative pref. Cortina immediately launched a bloody assault on white settlers near Brownsville. Whites retaliated by assaulting innocent Mexicans throughout the region. (61) As this episode suggests, the persistence of outlaw raids appeared to confirm Anglo prejudices about the innate lawlessness of the entire Mexican population. Rumors spread throughout the borderlands that Mexicans secretly conspired with insurrectionists on the other side of the Rio Grande. Mexicans were therefore warned that unless they controlled the outlaws within their midst, they risked brutal reprisals REPRISALS, war. The forcibly taking a thing by one nation which belonged to another, in return or satisfaction for a injury committed by the latter on the former. Vatt. B., 2, ch. 18, s. 342; 1 Bl. Com. ch. 7.
2. . As the Weekly Arizona Miner exclaimed in September 1873: "Cut throats from Mexico have commenced another bloody crusade against American citizens, and we call upon our Government to take measures to make preparations; to provide means.
See also: measure that will, forever, put a stop to the diabolical crimes of the half-civilized, semi-devils of the accursed land of Montezuma. Nothing short of the conquest of Mexico, by our government, can cure the disorders of that paralyzed par·a·lyze
tr.v. par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing, par·a·lyz·es
1. To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.
2. To make unable to move or act: paralyzed by fear. country or quench quench,
v to cool a hot object rapidly by plunging it into water or oil.
to put out, extinguish, or suppress; to cool (as hot metal) by immersing in water. the thirst of its miserable people for American blood. (62)
Nothing more dramatically illustrates the futility of armed retaliation against whites than the Plan of San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. . In January 1915 a small band of Mexicans signed a revolutionary manifesto calling upon the racial minorities of the southwestern states to violently overthrow white role in the region. In its wake the insurrectionists sought to establish separate borderland bor·der·land
a. Land located on or near a frontier.
b. The fringe: a shadowy figure who lived on the borderland of the drug scene.
2. republics for Mexicans, Indians, and African Americans. "Yankee arrogance has reached its limit," asserted the authors of the plan; "it is not content with the daily lynching of men, it now seeks to lynch an entire people, a whole race, an entire continent. And it is against this arrogance that we must unite." Under the leadership of Aniceto Pizana and Luis de la Rosa De La Rosa is a surname in the Spanish language meaning of the Rose
Although brutally repressed re·pressed
Being subjected to or characterized by repression. , the actions of Mexican outlaws served an important psychological purpose. As Manuel Gonzales Manuel Gonzales (March 3, 1913 - March 31, 1993) was a Spanish-American Disney comics artist. He emigrated from Spain to the USA in 1918 via Ellis Island, and was employed at the Walt Disney Studios in September 1936, where he initially worked as an "in-betweener" on the motion observes, they provided the Mexican population with a potent symbol of resistance against their oppression. (64) The mere existence of men such as Tiburcio Vasquez and Juan Cortina constituted a direct challenge to the legitimacy of white mob rule. In the words of one Anglo, Cortina "was received as the champion of his race--as the man who would right the wrongs the Mexicans had received." (65) While perceived as ruthless and unrepentant criminals by Anglos, Mexicans therefore hailed the "bandits" as folk heroes. Their lives became immortalized through the corridos sung on the southwestern border. These tales of heroism enabled a disempowered Mexican population to strike back at least rhetorically against those who sought to crush ethnic dissent. The spirit of cultural resistance implicit in Adj. 1. implicit in - in the nature of something though not readily apparent; "shortcomings inherent in our approach"; "an underlying meaning"
underlying, inherent the corridos is reflected in a first person narrative about the life and legend of Joaquin Murrieta Joaquin Murrieta (sometimes spelled Murieta or Murietta) (1829–ca. 1853), also called the Mexican or Chilean Robin Hood or the Robin Hood of El Dorado, was a semi-legendary figure in California during the California Gold Rush of the 1850s. :
Now I go out onto roads To kill Americans You were the cause Of my brother's death You took him defenseless You disgraceful American. (66)
Armed resistance was not the only means by which Mexicans sought to counter Anglo aggression. Spanish-language newspapers such as El Clamor Publico and El Fronterizo published numerous anti-lynching editorials that articulated the anger and frustration of their readers. The white mainstream press continued to accept the actions of lynch mobs largely without question. Mexican American newspapers therefore provided an important counternarrative to the conventional discourse on ethnic violence. (67)
It was not until the early twentieth century, however, that Mexicans organized in formal defense of their civil rights. One incident in particular appears to have provided the catalyst. In 191 I, Antonio G6mez, a fourteen-year-old boy, was arrested for murder in Thorndale, Texas Thorndale is a city primarily in Milam County, Texas, with a portion extending into Williamson County. The population was 1,278 at the 2000 census, it was 1,330 in the 2005 census estimate. Geography
Thorndale is located at (30. . G6mez was seized by a mob of over a hundred people who hanged him and then dragged his corpse through the streets of the town. Mexicans acknowledged the need for urgent collective action through the establishment of new civil rights organizations. In June 1911, Mexican activists established a new organization named La Agrupacion in order to provide legal protection against Anglo aggressors. Three months later, in September 1911, four hundred representatives assembled at E1 Primer Congreso Mexicanista in Laredo, Texas. The delegates denounced the brutal oppression of their people that had continued unchecked since the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Out of these discussions it was agreed to establish a new civil rights organization with the express purpose of protecting its members against white injustice. La Gran Liga Mexicanista de Benefiencia y Proteccion intended to attract the support of wealthy philanthropists and the liberal press in order "to strike back at the hatred of some bad sons of Uncle Sam Uncle Sam, name used to designate the U.S. government. The term arose in the War of 1812 and seems at first to have been used derisively by those opposed to the war. Possibly it was an expansion of the letters "U.S. who believe themselves better than the Mexicans because of the magic that surrounds the word white". (68) Another civil rights organization, La Liga Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Professional Football League), commonly known as La Liga and also known as Primera División, is the professional football league in Spain. Protectora Latina, was founded in Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix /ˈfiːˌnɪks/ (English: Phoenix, Navajo: Hoozdo, lit. "the place is hot", Western Apache: Fiinigis) is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. in February 1915. (69)
How successful these incipient civil rights groups were in their struggle to end lynching is difficult to assess. Mexicans were able to coordinate their resistance against lynching through the creation of a permanent organizational opposition. Yet the defense agencies also operated in a politically repressive environment which seriously impeded the momentum of their anti-lynching campaigns. In 1929, Mexicans founded another defense agency, the League of United Latin American Citizens The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the oldest organization of Hispanic Americans in the United States. With a membership of approximately 115,000, the organization uses education and advocacy to improve living conditions and seek advances for all Hispanic nationality (LULAC LULAC League of United Latin American Citizens ). The observations of one LULAC organizer underline the difficulties of mobilizing Mexican Americans This is a list of notable Mexican-Americans. Athletes
More than any other form of resistance, it was ultimately the diplomatic protests of the Mexican government that proved decisive in the decline of mob violence. The Mexican government made repeated protests as early as the 1850s against the "unjustly depressed and miserable condition" of its citizens. (71) Diplomatic appeals became louder and more persistent with the election of Porfirio Diaz to the Mexican presidency in 1877. By the time Diaz assumed office, relations between the United States and Mexico had been stretched almost to breaking point as each nation blamed the other for the lawlessness along their mutual border. Diaz was determined to reduce the deepening diplomatic tensions between the two nations in order to facilitate trade links. To this end, he instructed the appropriate consuls to compile reports on the condition of Mexican nationals along the Texas border. The reports documented numerous acts of brutality and abuses of justice. Yet despite the hopes of the Diaz administration, this initiative did not instigate To incite, stimulate, or induce into action; goad into an unlawful or bad action, such as a crime.
The term instigate is used synonymously with abet, which is the intentional encouragement or aid of another individual in committing a crime. a new era of mutual cooperation with the United States. The authorities in Washington declined to involve themselves even indirectly in the internal affairs Internal affairs may refer to:
During the next two decades, Mexican officials continued to draw the attention of the U.S. State Department to the suffering of their citizens. Even so, their outrage was ignored. In 1881, the Mexican Ambassador reported to Secretary of State James Blaine the lynching of an alleged horse thief in Willcox, Arizona. Although Blaine conceded that the man was hanged illegally, he also observed that he and his accomplice "were probably outlaws" and that he therefore deserved his fate. This conclusion was based entirely on the testimony of local sheriff R. H. Paul. According to Paul, "The southeastern portion of the Territory has been under the control of the worst and most desperate class of outlaws," and "an example was needed in order to put an end to to destroy.
See also: End so deplorable a state of affairs." (73) The uncritical acceptance of this testimony was typical of the investigations conducted by the State Department. Rather than send its own representatives to the scene of a lynching, it relied entirely upon reports written by local officials who condoned the actions of the mob if indeed they were not actual members of it.
It was not until the 1890s that the protests of Mexican officials finally started to receive a positive response from the State Department. On August 26, 1895, a mob stormed the jailhouse at Yreka, California and seized four men awaiting trial on separate murder charges. The prisoners were hauled into the courthouse square and hanged from an iron rail fastened into the forks of two trees. One of the victims, Luis Moreno, was a Mexican. (74) The Mexican government demanded that those responsible be punished and that a suitable indemnity be paid to the heirs of Moreno. Although a grand jury failed to return any indictments against members of the mob, President McKinley did recommend to Congress the payment of a $2,000 indemnity. (75) The Moreno case established a precedent for the later lynchings of Mexican nationals in the United States. (76)
After the repeated failure of the federal government to respond to Mexican protests, what provoked this change of policy? By the late nineteenth century the United States was receiving criticism from governments throughout the world for its inability to protect foreign nationals on its soil. Although it continued to insist that it had no authority to intervene in the affairs of individual states, the federal government did endeavor to resolve any incipient diplomatic crises by providing financial compensation to the families of lynching victims. This occurred after the massacre of Chinese miners at Rock Springs, Wyoming Rock Springs is a city in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 18,708 at the 2000 census. Rock Springs is the principal city of the Rock Springs micropolitan statistical area with a population of 37,975. in 1888 and again following three separate attacks on Sicilian immigrants in Louisiana during the 1890s. The indemnities paid to the families of Mexican lynching victims should therefore be seen in the context of efforts by the federal government to safeguard the international reputation of the United States. (77)
The diplomatic protests of the Diaz administration must also be seen as a response to growing grassroots pressure from the Mexican people. By the early twentieth century, the regime faced rising criticism for allowing the massive investment of U.S. capital to undermine Mexican economic autonomy. (78) The Diaz administration therefore protested American mob violence as a means of demonstrating its protection of Mexican national interests. A case in point is the lynching of Antonio Rodriguez in Rock Springs, Texas. On November 3, 1910, a mob broke into the local jail where Rodriguez was awaiting trial for murder, smothered smoth·er
v. smoth·ered, smoth·er·ing, smoth·ers
a. To suffocate (another).
b. To deprive (a fire) of the oxygen necessary for combustion.
2. his body with oil, and burned him at the stake. According to local residents, "the action of the mob was justified as the lives of the ranchers' wives had been unsafe because of the attempted ravages rav·age
v. rav·aged, rav·ag·ing, rav·ages
1. To bring heavy destruction on; devastate: A tornado ravaged the town.
2. of Mexican settlers along the Rio Grande." Newspaper reports, however, revealed that there was no evidence to connect Rodriguez with the crime. (79)
The lynching provoked a storm of protest throughout Mexico. Rioting erupted in Mexico City on November 8 as angry demonstrators stoned the windows of American businesses and tore and spat at the United States flag. Three days later, rioters in Guadalajara wrecked similar damage against American property. In Chihuahua, American citizens were openly mobbed on the streets. Tensions along the Rio Grande were so strained that an estimated two thousand Texans armed themselves in advance of a suspected Mexican invasion. Although the Diaz administration denounced the violence, it reacted to popular pressure by imposing an economic boycott of U.S. imports. (80)
Whether or not the Diaz administration had ulterior motives in protesting the lynching of Antonio Rodriguez, diplomatic pressure prevailed. It was now increasingly evident to the United States that Mexico would not tolerate the continued abuse of its citizens. As The Independent asserted, the people of Mexico had risen "in righteous wrath" against Anglo oppression. Diplomatic tensions would deteriorate still further unless the federal government took decisive action to protect the rights of Mexican nationals. (81)
The persistence of international protests undoubtedly played a key role in the eventual decline of Mexican lynchings. At the same time several other forces conspired to facilitate change, not only in Washington but throughout the Southwest. The end of the Mexican Revolution induced a new period of stability in the turbulent southwestern borderlands. It should also be stressed that lynching in all its forms was in decline by the 1920s. The regional campaigns of the Commission on Interracial Cooperation The Commission on Interracial Cooperation was formed in the U.S. South in 1919 in the aftermath of violent race riots that occurred the previous year in several southern cities. and the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching worked in conjunction with the national lobbying of the NAACP to mobilize liberal opposition to mob violence. Although the protests of these civil rights organizations had little immediate impact upon the Southwest, their efforts served to delegitimize de·le·git·i·mize
tr.v. de·le·git·i·mized, de·le·git·i·miz·ing, de·le·git·i·miz·es
To revoke the legal or legitimate status of: lynching throughout the United States. (82)
Acts of racial violence against Mexicans continued sporadically throughout the 1920s. Yet where earlier administrations had signally failed to secure justice for the families of Mexican lynch victims, the federal government now took tough interventionist action. Perhaps the most telling example of the impact of Mexican protest is the case of four Mexicans lynched in Raymondsville, Texas in September 1926. Initial reports of the lynchings were wildly contradictory. According to Sheriff Raymond Teller, the Mexicans had been arrested for the murder of two of his officers. Teller was taking the suspects from jail out into the countryside in search of their cache of arms when he was ambushed. The prisoners were killed in the resultant gunfight. Yet according to other testimony, Teller and his officers had themselves tortured and then shot the Mexicans. For decades the State Department had, in its investigations of Mexican lynchings, invariably taken the reports of local law officers on face value. These reports repeatedly failed to identify those responsible for the lynchings, instead concluding vaguely that the victims had met their deaths at the hands of persons unknown. This case demonstrated a new determination to avoid diplomatic tensions with Mexico over the lynching of its citizens on American soil. Not only did the State Department reject the conclusions of the Sheriff's report, but Teller and his fellow officers were tried for murder. (83)
In 1916 a Wisconsin newspaper observed: "That there are still lynchings in the far west, especially along the Mexican border, would hardly seem to be open to question, although they escape the average collector of statistics. The subject is one that invites searching inquiry." (84) During the course of more than eight decades, the lynching of Mexicans continued to elude systematic analysis. While the literature on mob violence against African Americans continued to expand in scope and sophistication so·phis·ti·cate
v. so·phis·ti·cat·ed, so·phis·ti·cat·ing, so·phis·ti·cates
1. To cause to become less natural, especially to make less naive and more worldly.
2. , there was relatively little scholarly interest in Mexican lynchings. As a result, the explanatory models for mob violence constructed by scholars were restricted in terms of their narrow racial emphasis upon African Americans and their regional emphasis upon the South. Analysis of the lynching of Mexicans emphasizes the need to expand the analytical parameters of lynching studies. Only then will scholars be able to assess with more accuracy the real historical scale of mob violence in the United States.
Note on Methods
Data Collection and Computation
The statistics cited in this article have been culled from extensive archival research. In order to construct as rich and accurate a portrait of mob violence as possible, we surveyed a broad array of primary sources in both the English and Spanish language. These include diaries, journals, and memoirs; published and unpublished correspondence; speeches and addresses; organizational files and inventories; oral histories and folklore; local government records and criminal case files; newspaper accounts; diplomatic records; government reports; and photographic evidence. We have consulted the collections of numerous libraries and archives, including the Special Collections of Atlanta University; the Archives of Tuskegee University; the Huntington Library; the Bancroft Library; the Center for Southwest Studies at the University of New Mexico The University of New Mexico (UNM) is a public university in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was founded in 1889. It also offers multiple bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degree programs in all areas of the arts, sciences, and engineering. ; the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin “University of Texas” redirects here. For other system schools, see University of Texas System.
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The data collected have been inputted into a searchable database. The project database is run on FilemakerPro software designed for the Apple platform. Filemaker Pro provides a menu-driven, windowed Win´dowed
a. 1. Having windows or openings. interface that allows for the retrieval of thousands of records. The database includes the following information:
Name of victim
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Date of murder
Location of lynching
Type and size of lynch mob
Means of execution
Alleged cause of lynching
Ethnicity of lynch mob
Location and Name of Relevant Sources
Comparative Data on Mexican and Black Lynching Victims
Although impossible to determine a precise "lynching rate" for either blacks or Mexicans, we can get a better sense of the hazard faced by both blacks and Mexicans by comparing numbers of lynching with the total population at risk. Unfortunately, the number of Spanish-speakers living in the United States is difficult to determine. One rough way to approximate the Mexican population during the period, 1848-1930, is to average the number of Mexican-born residing in the United States in 1850 (13,317) with the number of Mexican and Mexican Americans living in the United States in 1930 (1,422,533). This number equals 717,925 and is, if anything, a high estimate for average population during the period because all observers concede that the Mexican population of the United States increased sharply during the early twentieth century. Dividing this number by the 597 Mexican American and Mexican national lynching victims yields a figure of 83.2 Mexican lynching victims per 100,000 of population.
This number, however, is only really useful as a comparison with black lynching victims. Unfortunately, such statistics are only available for the period 1880-1930. Figures for African Americans have been compiled in Stewart E. Tolnay and E. M. Beck, A Festival of Violence: An Analysis of Southern Lynchings, 1882-1930 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press The University of Illinois Press (UIP), is a major American university press and part of the University of Illinois. Overview
According to the UIP's website: , 1995), 38. Tolnay and Beck followed the same mathematical strategy adopted above. They averaged the African American population of ten southern states and divided that number by the number of lynching victims. Tolnay and Beck's statistics are restricted to only ten Southern states. For a national black "lynching rate," we divided the number of African American lynching victims reported by Tuskegee between 1880 and 1930 by the average black population of the United States between 1880 and 1930. Specific details can be found below.
Because the data from Tolnay and Beck only cover the period 1880-1930, we found it necessary to construct data for that time period for Mexican victims. United States Census The United States Census is a decennial census mandated by the United States Constitution. The population is enumerated every 10 years and the results are used to allocate Congressional seats ("congressional apportionment"), electoral votes, and government program figures for 1880 only include persons born in Mexico, so we had to estimate the population born in the United States but of Mexican descent. We did this by using the percentage of U.S.-born persons of Mexican descent living in 1930 (55%) to estimate the "missing" Mexicans in 1880. We then averaged the new 1880 estimate with the 1930 figures to arrive at the best possible average population for this time period. It should be noted that we have always chosen to calculate our statistics conservatively, in a way that would go against our hypothesis that Mexicans suffered great danger from lynch mobs. For example, we feel certain that the percentage of Mexicans born in Mexico is declining between 1880 and 1930 relative to the percentage of persons born in the United States but of Mexican descent. Yet, we used the percentage from 1930 to calculate our 1880 estimate. In any case, the population data that we use and our estimates are included below for future discussion and criticism.
Table 1 Mexican and African American Victims of Lynching per 100,000 of Population Mexican Lynching Victims African American Lynching Time Period Per 100,000 Victims Per 100,000 1880-1930 27.4 37.1 Table 2 Lynchings of Mexicans by State State Number of Lynchings Texas 282 California 188 Arizona 59 New Mexico 49 Colorado 6 Nevada 3 Nebraska 2 Oklahoma 2 Oregon 2 Kentucky 1 Louisiana 1 Montana 1 Wyoming 1 Table 3 Crime of Mob Crime Number of Lynching Victims Hanging 267 Shooting 213 Physical Mutilation 52 Burning 5 Unknown 60 Table 4 Alleged Crimes of Victims Alleged Crime Number of Lynching Victims Murder 301 Theft or Robbery 116 Murder and Robbery 38 Being of Mexican Descent 10 Attempted Murder 9 Cheating at Cards 7 Rape or Sexual Assault 5 Assault 5 Witchcraft 3 Kidnapping 3 Courting a White Woman 2 Taking Away Jobs 2 Rape and Murder 1 Attempted Murder and Robbery 1 Refusing to Join Mob 1 Threatening White Men 1 Being a "Bad" Character 1 Killing a Cow 1 Being a Successful Cartman 1 Miscegenation 1 Refusing to Play the Fiddle 1 Taking White Man to Court 1 Protesting Texas Rangers 1 Serving as Bill Collector 1 Giving Refuge to Bandits 1 Unknown 83 Table 5 Lynchings of Mexicans by Decade Decade Number of Lynchings 1848-1850 8 1851-1860 160 1861-1870 43 1871-1880 147 1881-1890 73 1891-1900 24 1901-1910 8 1911-1920 124 1921-1930 10 Mexican "Lynching Rate" Number of Decade Lynchings 1850 Population of U.S. born in Mexico: 13,317 1880 Population of U.S. born in Mexico: 68,399 1880 Population of U.S. born in U.S. 83,599 but of Mexican descent (est.): 1880 Population of U.S. born in Mexico 151,998 or of Mexican descent (est.): 1930 Population of U.S. born in 1,422,533 Mexico or of Mexican descent: 1930 Population of U.S. born in Mexico: 641,462 1930 Population of U.S. born in 781,071 U.S. but of Mexican descent: Percentage of Mexican Population 55% not born in Mexico in 1930: Estimated average Mexican 82,658 population, 1850-1880: Estimated average Mexican 787,266 population, 1880-1930: Estimated average Mexican 717,925 population, 1850-1930: Estimated No. of Mexicans Lynched 216 in the United States, 1882-1930: "Lynching Rate" far Mexicans 27.4 in the United States: Black "Lynching Rate" 1880 Population of African Americans: 6,518,372 1930 Population of African Americans: 11,759,075 Estimated average Black Population, 9,138,723.5 1880-1930: Tuskegee Estimate of Blacks Lynched 3,386 in the United States, 1882-1930: "Lynching Rate" for Blacks in 37.1 United States, 1880-1930:
(1.) La Prensa (San Antonio), November 17, 1928, p. 1; Farmington Times Hustler, November 16, 1928, p. 1.
(2.) Farmington Times Hustler, November 23, 1928, p. 1.
(3.) Durango (Colorado) Herald Democrat, quoted in Farmington Times Hustler, November 28, 1928, p. 9.
(4.) Santa Fe New Mexican, quoted in Ibid.
(5.) Some of the lynching victims described in this article were naturalized nat·u·ral·ize
v. nat·u·ral·ized, nat·u·ral·iz·ing, nat·u·ral·iz·es
1. To grant full citizenship to (one of foreign birth).
2. To adopt (something foreign) into general use. American citizens, others were Mexican nationals resident in the United States. Despite the best efforts of the authors, it has not always proved possible to determine the citizenship of each individual. The terms "Chicano" and "Latino" are commonly used to refer to all Mexicans in the United States, regardless of national origin or identity. However, the term is a relatively contemporary one and its application here could be considered ahistorical a·his·tor·i·cal
Unconcerned with or unrelated to history, historical development, or tradition: "All of this is totally ahistorical. . In the interests of linguistic and analytical clarity, the authors have therefore used the word "Mexican" to refer to all lynching victims of Mexican origin or descent.
(6.) James Allen, et al., Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America (Santa Fe, NM, 2000).
(7.) Philip Dray, At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America (New York, 2002). The book received the 2002 Southern Book Award for Non-Fiction.
(8.) Leon Litwack, Trouble In Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow (New York, 1998); David Grimsted, American Mobbing, 1828-1861: Toward Civil War (New York and Oxford, 1998); Grace Hale, Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940 (New York, 1998); Dominic J. Capeci, Jr., The Lynching of Cleo Wright (Lexington, Ky., 1998); Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips, Jr., Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched 100 Years of Federalism (New York, 1999); Monte Akers, Flames After Midnight: Murder, Vengeance, and the Desolation of a Texas Community (Austin, Tx., 1999); Michael W. Fedo, The Lynchings in Duluth (St. Paul, Mn., 2000); Christopher Waldrep, The Many Faces of Judge Lynch: Extralegal Violence and Punishment in America (New York, 2002).
(9.) L.H. Gann and Peter J. Duigan, The Hispanics in the United States Hispanics in the United States, or Hispanic Americans, are American citizens or residents of Hispanic ethnicity who identify themselves as having Hispanic Cultural heritage. According to the 2000 Census, Hispanic Americans constitute roughly 12. (Boulder, Co. and London, 1986), 47; Arnoldo De Leon, They Called Them Greasers: Anglo Attitudes Toward Mexicans in Texas, 1821-1900 (Austin, Tx., 1983), 90.
(10.) Christopher Waldrep, "War of Words: The Controversy over the Definition of Lynching, 1899-1940,"Journal of Southern History, LXVI (February 2000): 75-100.
(11.) Ray Abrahams, Vigilant Citizens: Vigilantism and the State (Cambridge, 1998), 53-54, 67, 72.
(12.) Richard Maxwell Brown, Strain of Violence: Historical Studies of American Violence and Vigilantism (New York, 1975), 96-97, 118, 126.
(13.) John W. Caughey, "Their Majesties the Mob: Vigilantes Past and Present," Pacific Historical Review Pacific Historical Review is the official publication of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. It is a quarterly journal published by University of California Press, in Berkeley, California. , XXVI (1957): 222.
(14.) Ema Ferguson, Murder and Mystery in New Mexico (Santa Fe, NM, c. 1991), 21-32.
(15.) Leonard Pitt, The Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californians, 1846-1890 (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1966), 154-55.
(16.) Los Angeles Star, June 13, 1874, p. 1.
(17.) New York Times, April 21, 1877, p. 1.
(18.) Ibid., July 22, 1877, p. 5.
(19.) Douglas Monroy, Thrown Among Strangers : The Making of Mexican Culture in Frontier California (Berkeley, 1990), 209-10.
(20.) Julian Samora, Joe Bernal, Albert Pena, Gunpowder Justice: A Reassessment of the Texas Rangers (Notre Dame and London, 1979), 41-42; David J. Weber ed., Foreigners in Their Native Land: Historica Roots of the Mexican Americans (Albuquerque, NM, 1973), 153-54, 187-90.
(21.) El Paso Times The El Paso Times is the primary English-language newspaper for the U.S. city of El Paso, Texas. The paper was founded in 1881 by Marcellus Washington Carrico. It originally started out as a weekly but within a year's time, it became the daily newspaper for the frontier town. , April 8, 1881; Manuel de Zamacona to James G. Blaine James Gillespie Blaine (January 31, 1830 – January 27, 1893) was a U.S. Representative, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, U.S. Senator from Maine and a two-time United States Secretary of State. , April 19, 1881. Roll 19, Notes from the Mexican Legation legation: see diplomatic service; extraterritoriality. in the United States to the Department of State, 1821-1906, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
(22.) Franklin C. Pierce, A Brief History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley (Menasha, Wi., 1917), 96, 97, 102, 110, 112, 114; New York Times, October 19, 1915, p. 1; October 20, 1915, p. 1; The Independent, November 1, 1915, p. 177. Further evidence of the murder and harassment of Mexicans by the Texas Rangers can be found in numerous sources. See, for example, Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States This article or section has multiple issues:
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Please help [ improve the article] or discuss these issues on the talk page. , 1904 (Washington, D.C., 1905), 473-81; and Oscar J. Martinez, ed., U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Wilmington, De., 1996), 142-47.
(23.) "The Texas Border Troubles," Misc. Doc. No. 64, House Reports, 45th Congress, 2nd Session, 1878 (1820), 285.
(24.) Richard Maxwell Brown, "Violence" in Clyde A. Milner II, Carol A. O'Connor, and Martha Sandweiss, eds., The Oxford History of the American West (New York, 1994).
(25.) Roger D. McGrath, Gunfighters, Highwaymen Highwaymen
See also Outlawry, Thievery.
Band of Merry Men
Robin Hood’s brigands. [Br. Lit.: Robin Hood]
English highwayman whose gang slew and ate their victims. [Brit. Folklore: Misc. & Vigilantes (Berkeley, Los Angeles, London, 1984); Idem, "Violence and Lawlessness on the Western Frontier," in Ted Robert Gum ed., Violence in America (Newbury Park, London Coordinates: Newbury Park is an area of East London, England, situated in the London Borough of Redbridge east of Gants Hill. The main road is the Eastern Avenue (A12). , New Delhi, 1989), I, 122-45, quotation on page 142.
(26.) Patricia Nelson Limerick, The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (New York and London, 1987).
(27.) Arnoldo De Le6n, "In Pursuit of a Brown West" in Clyde A. Milner II, ed. A New Significance: Re-Envisioning the History of the American West (New York and Oxford, 1996), 94.
(28.) The theme of colonization and its consequences is explored more thoroughly in Deena J. Gonzalez, Refusing the Favor: The Spanish-Mexican Women of Santa Fe, 1820-1880 (New York and Oxford, 1999).
(29.) Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Ten Years Before the Mast (Naut.) as a common sailor, - because the sailors live in the forecastle, forward of the foremast.
See also: Before : A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea (Harmondsworth, England, 1981 ), 126-27.
(30.) Pitt, Decline of the Californios, 154-55.
(31.) Paul S. Taylor, Mexican Labor in the United States: Dimmit County, Winter Garden District, South Texas (Berkeley, 1980), 446.
(32.) Albert Camarillo, Chicanos in a Changing Society: From Mexican Pueblos to American Barrios in Santa Barbara and Southern California, 1848-1930 (Cambridge, Mass. and London, 1996 ), 14-16, 33, 59, 66457, 76; Mario T. Garcia, Desert Immigrants: The Mexicans of El Paso, 1880-1920 (New Haven and London, 1981), 5-6, 110-14, 127; Camille Guerin-Gonzales, Mexican Workers and American Dreamers: Immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important. , Repatriation, and California Farm Labor, 1900-1939 (New Brunswick, NJ, 1994), 51-53, 66-70.
(33.) Roberta Senechal de la Roche, "Collective Violence as Social Control," Sociological Forum, XI (1996): pp. 106-09; Idem, "The Sociogenesis of Lynching," in W. Fitzhugh Brundage, ed., Under Sentence of Death: Lynching in the South (Chapel Hill and London, 1997), 52-53, 58-59.
(34.) Pringle Shaw, Ramblings in California (Toronto, 1854), 17.
(35.) Elias S. Ketcham Diary, January 24, 1853, Huntington Library, San Marino, California San Marino is a city in Los Angeles County, California, USA. In general, San Marino is a small, well-educated community largely populated by professionals and their families. .
(36.) Los Angeles Star, July 19, 1856, p. 2.
(37.) Wayne Gard, Frontier Justice (Norman, Ok., 1949), 179-80.
(38.) Delaware Herald, September 15, 1919; Minneapolis Evening Tribune, September 15, 1919; Houston Post, September 18, 1919;DenverPost, September 20, 1919;New York Sun, September 15, 1919; New York Call, September 15, 1919; Shreveport Times, September 14, 1919; Birmingham, Alabama News, September 14, 1919; New York Times, September 16, 1919.
(39.) J. Frank Dobie, A Vaquero of the Brush Country (Boston, 1929), 118-19.
(40.) San Antonio Express, January 31, 1896, p. 8.
(41.) Gary Y. Okihiro, Common Ground: Remaining American History (Princeton, NJ, 2001), 64-65.
(42.) Theodore T. Johnson, Sights in the Gold Re, on and Scenes by the Way (New York, 1849), 240.
(43.) Paul Schuster Taylor, An American-Mexican Frontier: Nueces, County, Texas (New York, 1934), 274.
(44.) Gonzalez, Refusing the Favor, 69.
(45.) Alfred Robinson, Life in California (Santa Barbara, 1970 ), 51. The racial classification of elite Mexican women as white is discussed in further detail in Antonia I. Castaneda, "Gender, Race, and Culture: Spanish-Mexican Women in the Historiography of Frontier California," Frontiers XI (1990): 8-20 and Antonia I. Castaneda, "The Political Economy of Nineteenth Century Stereotypes of Calffornianas" in Adelaida R. Del Castillo, ed., Between Borders: Essays on Mexicana/Chicana History (Encinco, Ca., 1990), 213-36.
(46.) Frank Soule, John H. Gihon, and James Nisbet, The Annals of San Francisco (Palo Alto, Ca., 1966 ).
(47.) Bianca Morse Federico and Myrtle Brown, eds., Gold Rush: The Letters of Joel & Ann Brown 1852, 1854-1855 (Washington, D.C., 1974), I, 89. For further discussion of the negative stereotyping of Mexican women, see Gonzalez, Refusing the Favor, 50-53.
(48.) William B. Secrest, Juanita (Fresno, Ca., 1967); Hubert Howe Bancroft, Popular Tribunals (San Francisco, 1887), I, 577-87; Robert Wells Ritchie, The Hell-roarin' Forty-Niners (New York, 1928), 105-15.
(49.) Alta California, August 9, 1850, p. 2.
(50.) Sucheng Chan, "A People of Exceptional Character: Ethnic Diversity, Nativism nativism, in anthropology, social movement that proclaims the return to power of the natives of a colonized area and the resurgence of native culture, along with the decline of the colonizers. , and Racism in the California Gold Rush," in Kevin Start and Richard J. Orsi, eds., Rooted in Barbarous Soil: People, Culture, and Community in Gold Rush California (Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London, 2000), 64-65.
(51.) Alta California, August 19, 1850, p. 2. For further information on racial conflict in the California mines, see William Robert Kenny, Mexican-American Conflict on the Mining Frontier, 1848-1852," Journal of the West, VI (1967): 582-92; and Richard H. Peterson, "Anti-Mexican Nativism in California, 1848-1853: A Study of Cultural Conflict," Southern California Quarterly, LXII (1980): 309-27.
(52.) George E Garrison, Texas: A Contest of Civilizations (Boston, 1973), 274; J. Fred Rippy, The United States and Mexico (New York, 1931), 179-80; Notes From the Mexican Legation in the United States to the Department of State, 1821-1906, Microfilm 54, Reel 4. Another example of economic competition precipitating mob violence can be found in Mary Romero, "El Paso Salt War: Mob Action or Political Struggle?" Aztlan, 16 (1985): 119-38.
(53.) Dale E Beecher, "Incentive to Violence: Political Exploitations of Lawlessness on the United States-Mexican Border, 1866-1886," PhD, University of Utah The University of Utah (also The U or the U of U or the UU), located in Salt Lake City, is the flagship public research university in the state of Utah, and one of 10 institutions that make up the Utah System of Higher Education. , 1982, 51-62; William H. Hagar, "The Nuecestown Raid of 1875: A Border Incident," Arizona and the West, I (1959): 258-70; Foreign Relations of the United States 1875, II, 921,955.
(54.) New York Times, November 22, 1915, p. 8.
(55.) Litwack, Trouble in Mind, 427.
(56.) Brundage, Lynching in the New South, 162, 184.
(57.) San Antonio Express, May 1, 1885, p. 1.
(58.) Stanton A. Coblentz Stanton Arthur Coblentz (August 24, 1896 - September 6, 1982) was an American author and poet. He received a Master's Degree in English literature and then began publishing poetry in the early 1920s. , Villains and Vigilantes: The Story of James King of William and Pioneer Justice in California (New York, 1936), 27; Lee Shippey, Its an Old California Custom (New York, 1948), 136-40.
(59.) This influential concept was initially conceived by Eric Hobsbawm in his book Bandits (London, 1969).
(60.) S. Dale McLemore, Racial and Ethnic Violence in America, Second Edition (Newton, Mass., 1983), 219-21; Jerry D. Thompson, ed. Juan Cortina and the Texas-Mexico Frontier 1859-1877(El Paso, 1994), 6; Jerry D. Thompson, The Many Face, of Juan Nepomuceno Cortina," South Texas Studies, II (1991): 88, 92; Webb, Texas Rangers, 176.
(61.) Matt S. Meier and Feliciano Rivera, The Chicanos: A History of Mexican Americans (New York, 1972), 101-02; Catherine McNicol Stock, Rural Radicals: From Bacons Rebellion to the Oklahoma City Bombing See Terrorism "The Oklahoma City Bombing" (Sidebar); Venue "Venue and the Oklahoma City Bombing Case" (Sidebar). (New York, 1997), 106-107; Thompson, "Many Faces," 89; Thompson, Juan Cortina, 102, ns. 1 and 3; Lyman L. Woodman, Cortina: Rogue of the Rio Grande (San Antonio, Tx., n.d.), 21-22; "Report on the Accompanying Documents of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Committee on Foreign Affairs is a title used by several governments to refer to committees on/of foreign affairs, foreign relations, or international relations. Here are some of the more common ones:
(62.) "Proclamation, County of Cameron, Camp in the Rancho del Carmen Carmen
throws over lover for another. [Fr. Lit.: Carmen; Fr. Opera: Bizet, Carmen, Westerman, 189–190]
See : Faithlessness
the cards repeatedly spell her death. [Fr. , November 23, 1859," House Executive Documents, 36th Congress, 1st Session, No. 52 (1050), Difficulties in Southwestern Frontier, 55a; "Texas Frontier Troubles: Testimony Taken Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Reports, Document No. 701, 45th Congress, 2nd Session, 1877-78 (1824), 76; Weekly Arizona Miner, September 13, 1873, p. 2; April 26, 1872, p. 2; March 23, 1872, p. 2.
(63.) James A. Sandos, Rebellion in the Borderlands: Anarchism anarchism (ăn`ərkĭzəm) [Gr.,=having no government], theory that equality and justice are to be sought through the abolition of the state and the substitution of free agreements between individuals. and the Plan of San Diego, 1904-1923 (Norman, Ok., 1992); James A. Sandos, "The Plan of San Diego: War and Diplomacy on the Texas Border, 1915-1916," Arizona and the West, XIV (1972), 5-24; Emilio Zamora, The World of the Mexican Worker in Texas (College Station, Tx., 1993), 83; Alfred Arteaga, "The Chicano-Mexican Corrido cor·ri·do
n. pl. cor·ri·dos
A Mexican ballad or folksong.
[American Spanish, from Spanish, ballad, from past participle of correr, to run ," Journal of Ethnic Studies, XI[I (Summer 1985): 83-84; James L. Haley, Texas: From 8pindletop through World War II (New York, 1993), 94, 121; Neil Foley, The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture (Bekeley, Los Angeles, London, 1997), 56.
(64.) Manuel G. Gonzales, Mexicanos: A History of Mexicans in the United States (Bloomington and Indianapolis, 1999), 89.
(65.) Geoffrey C. Ward, The West (London, 1996), 180.
(66.) E Arturo Rosales, [??]Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement (Houston, 1996), 7. For further analysis of the corridor as an expression of cultural resistance, see Americo Paredes, With His Pistol in His Hand: A Border Ballad and Its Hero (Austin, Tx., 1958).
(67.) Thomas E. Sheridan, Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community in Tucson, 1854-1941 (Tucson, 1986), 107.
(68.) De Leon, Mexican Americans in Texas, 88; Zamora, World of the Mexican Worker, 149, 81, 97; Robert J. Rosonbaum, Mexicano Resistance in the Southwest (Dallas, Tx., 1998), 49-50; Weber, Foreigners in Their Native Land, 248-250; New York Times, June 26, 1911, p. 4; Jose E. Limon, El Primer Congreso Mexicanista de 1911: A Precursor to Contemporary Chicanismo," Aztlan V (Spring and Fall 1974): 86-88, 97-98.
(69.) E Arturo Rosales, ed., Testimonio: A Documentary History of the Mexican American Struggle for Civil Rights (Houston, Tx., 2000), 114-15.
(70.) Ozzie G. Simmons, Anglo-Americans and Mexican Americans in South Texas: A Study in Dominant-Subordinate Group Relations (New York, 1974), 465. See also Benjamin Marquez, LULAC: The Evolution of a Mexican American Political Organization (Austin, Tx.), 1993.
(71.) Manual Ceballos-Ramirez and Oscar J. Martinez, "Conflict and Accommodation on the U.S.-Mexican Border, 1848-1911" in Jaime E. Rodriguez O. and Kathryn Vincent, eds., Myths, Misdeeds, and Misunderstandings: The Roots of Conflict in U.S.-Mexican Relations (Wilmington, Del., 1997), 136; Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States 1863, II, 114--41 The Condition of Affairs in Mexico," U.S. Congress, House Executive Documents, No. 73, 39th Congress, 1st Session. 1865-66 (1262), II, 208-10.
(72.) Mario T. Garcia, "Porfirian Diplomacy and the Administration of Justice, 1877-1900," Azlan, XVI (1995): 1-3; Douglas W. Richmond, "Mexican Immigration and Border Strategy During the Revolution, 1910-1920," New Mexico Historical Review, LVII (July 1982): 277-78.
(73.) Zamacona to Blaine, October 30, 1880, Reel 18; April 7, 1881. Roll 19, Notes from the Mexican Legation in the United States to the Department of State, 1821-1906, National Archives; Zamacona to Blaine June 30, 1881 and August 8, 1881 Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, 1881, 840-44, and 1882, 407-08; Garcia, "Porfirian Diplomacy," 5-8.
(74.) Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times
Morning daily newspaper. Established in 1881, it was purchased and incorporated in 1884 by Harrison Gray Otis (1837–1917) under The Times-Mirror Co. (the hyphen was later dropped from the name). , August 27, 1895, p. 1; New York Times, August 27, 1895; San Francisco Examiner The San Francisco Examiner is a U.S. daily newspaper. It has been published continuously in San Francisco, California, since the late 19th Century. History
The beginning of the Examiner is a topic of some controversy. , August 27, 1895, p. 1; August 28, 1895, p. 3; November 29, 1895, p. 8.
(75.) "Indemnity to Relatives of Luis Moreno," House of Representatives, Document No. 237, 55th Congress, 2nd Session (3679), Vol. 51, 1-3; New York Times January 19, 1898.
(76.) See, for example, the indemnity paid to the family of a Mexican lynched in Cotulla, Texas in October 1895. Senate Report 1832, 56th Congress, 2nd Session (4064), pp. 1-14, 28-30.
(77.) On the continued complaints made by Mexican officials during the twentieth century, see J. Fred Rippy, "The United States and Mexico, 1910-1927" in American Policies Abroad: Mexico (Chicago, 1928), 29.
(78.) Paul Garner, Porfirio Diaz (Harlow, Essex, 2001), 141.
(79.) New York Times, November 11, 1910, p. 2; "Anti-American Riots in Mexico," The Independent, November 17, 1910, pp. 1061-1062; Harvey E Rice, "The Lynching of Antonio Rodriguez," MA thesis, University of Texas at Austin, 1990, 26-30.
(80.) New York Times, November 10, 1910, p. 1; November 11, 1910, p. 2; November 12, 1910, p. 5; November 13, 1910, pt. 3, p. 4; November 15, 1910, p. 1; November 16, 1910, p. 1; November 17, 1910, p. 1; November 18, 1910, p. 10; "Anti-American Riots in Mexico," The Independent, November 17, 1910, pp. 1061-1062; "The Situation in Mexico," The Independent, November 24, 1910, pp. 1120-21; Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, 1911 (Washington, DC, 1918), 355-57; Rice, "The Lynching of Antonio Rodriguez, 31-39, 49-51, 79.
(81.) "A Mexican Boycott," The Independent, November 17, 1910, pp. 1111-1112; New York Times, September 2, 1919, p. 1; January 10, 1920, p. 3; August 4, 1921, p. 10.
(82.) Brundage, Lynching in the New South, 248-249, 251.
(83.) Montgomery Advertiser, September 19, 1926; Atlanta Constitution, October 24, 1926, January 8, 1927.
(84.) La Crosse Tribune The La Crosse Tribune is a newspaper published in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The La Crosse Tribune paper covers the tri-state area of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. , January 12, 1916.
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