By Beatriz de la Garza
"Esto no es cosa de armas" (this isn't a question for weapons). those have been the final phrases of Don Francisco Gutiérrez ahead of Alonzo W. Allee shot and killed him and his son, Manuel Gutiérrez. What started as an easy dispute over Allee's unauthorized tenancy on a Gutiérrez relatives ranch close to Laredo, Texas, led not just to the slaying of those well-known Mexican landowners but in addition to a blatant miscarriage of justice.
In this engrossing account of the 1912 crime and the following trial of Allee, Beatriz de los angeles Garza delves into the political, ethnic, and cultural worlds of the Texas-Mexico border to show the tensions among the Anglo minority and the Mexican majority that propelled the killings and their aftermath. Drawing on unique resources, she uncovers how influential Anglos financed a first class criminal staff for Allee's safeguard and in addition discusses how Anglo-owned newspapers assisted in shaping public opinion in Allee's desire. In telling the tale of this long-ago crime and its tragic effects, de l. a. Garza sheds new gentle at the interethnic struggles that outlined lifestyles at the border a century in the past, at the mystique of the Texas Rangers (Allee used to be stated to be a Ranger), and at the felony framework that after institutionalized violence and lawlessness in Texas.
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