Pesos and Dollars
Entrepreneurs in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1880-1940
Borderlands Studies - Western History - Texas History - Business History
6 x 9, 360 pp.
16 b&w photos. 2 maps. 6 figs. 7 tables. Bib. Index.
Pub Date: 10/07/2014
Connecting the Greater West Series
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Pesos and Dollars

Entrepreneurs in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1880-1940

By Alicia M. Dewey

The commercial world of South Texas between 1880 and 1940 provided an attractive environment for many seeking to start new businesses, especially businesses that linked the markets and finances of the United States and Mexico. Entrepreneurs regularly crossed the physical border in pursuit of business. 

But more important, more complex, and less well-known were the linguistic, cultural, and ethnic borders they navigated daily as they interacted with customers, creditors, business partners, and employees.

Drawing on her expertise as a bankruptcy lawyer, historian Alicia M. Dewey tells the story of how a diverse group of entrepreneurs, including Anglo-Americans, ethnic Mexicans, and European and Middle Eastern immigrants, created and navigated changing business opportunities along the Texas-Mexico border between 1880 and 1940.

ALICIA M. DEWEY is an associate professor of history at Biola University in La Mirada, California.

What Readers Are Saying:

“An impressive work of seminal scholarship, Pesos and Dollars: Entrepreneurs in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1880-1940 is the latest addition to outstanding Texas A&M University Press series Connecting the Greater West. Exceptionally informative and well written.”—The Midwest Book Review, February 2015

" . . . a bold and meticulously researched book that provides essential nuance to both the study of the South Texas borderlands and the economic history of the state more generally." —Southwestern Historical Quarterly

 "Alicia M. Dewey's carefully constructed and well-written examination of entrepreneurs in the Texas-Mexico borderlands between 1880 and 1940 offers a new perspective on work and life in a diverse society that resonates in America today. both a social history and a business history of a significant borderlands economy. ...studies such as this one remind us that the past is not always so much different from the present."—Western Historical Quarterly


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