The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas (Paperback)

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Tracing the brutal legacy of violence towards ethnic Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in Texas' border region in the 20th century, the author highlights an underacknowledged and strategically erased part of Texas' history. Martinez offers a comprehensive historical account, in addition to hopeful ways to honor, address, and repair wrongdoing and forge a better, more humane path forward as Texans.

— Vivie


Winner of the Caughey Western History Prize
Winner of the Robert G. Athearn Award
Winner of the Lawrence W. Levine Award
Winner of the TCU Texas Book Award
Winner of the NACCS Tejas Foco Nonfiction Book Award
Winner of the Mar a Elena Mart nez Prize
Frederick Jackson Turner Award Finalist

"A page-turner...Haunting...Bravely and convincingly urges us to think differently about Texas's past."
--Texas Monthly

Between 1910 and 1920, self-appointed protectors of the Texas-Mexico border--including members of the famed Texas Rangers--murdered hundreds of ethnic Mexicans living in Texas, many of whom were American citizens. Operating in remote rural areas, officers and vigilantes knew they could hang, shoot, burn, and beat victims to death without scrutiny. A culture of impunity prevailed. The abuses were so pervasive that in 1919 the Texas legislature investigated the charges and uncovered a clear pattern of state crime. Records of the proceedings were soon filed away as the Ranger myth flourished.

A groundbreaking work of historical reconstruction, The Injustice Never Leaves You has upended Texas's sense of its own history. A timely reminder of the dark side of American justice, it is a riveting story of race, power, and prejudice on the border.

"It's an apt moment for this book's hard go mainstream."
--Texas Observer

"A reminder that government brutality on the border is nothing new."
--Los Angeles Review of Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9780674244825
ISBN-10: 0674244826
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication Date: April 14th, 2020
Pages: 400
Language: English