by Moises Garza

October 8, 2015

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I have read a ton of great reviews about Jovita Gonzalez master thesis no available in book format in the book “Life Along the Border: A Landmark Tejana Thesis”. To be honest with you I have yet to read this book but according to Tijerina, the written of Tejano Legacy, it is a very important work  when it comes to detailing life in the Rio Grande Valley. So the reason that I am sharing it with you is that this book is available at Amazon for only $1.74 and I wanted to make you aware of it before the price goes up or it is no longer available.

If you are a member of Las Villas del Norte make sure to buy a copy since it will be a book that I know we will discuss, in the future, in our book club.

I just received my copy two days ago and I am already pages into this book and from the very little I have read you will not regret getting a copy and at that price there is no reason you should not get one. Genealogy wise this book provides a great view of the Rio Grande Valley’s history and social life. As I mentioned before my wife’s ancestors lived in this area during this time period.

Cover of Book: Life Along the Border: A Landmark Tejana Thesis

A Life Along the Border

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Description of book by Amazon:

The 1929 master’s thesis of folklorist, Jovita Gonzalez has served as source material on the Texas-Mexican borderlands for more than seventy-five years but has never before been published. When Gonzalez decided to pursue a master’s degree in history from the University of Texas, she was already the vice-president and president-elect of the Texas Folklore Society. Despite this, she wrote a defiant master’s thesis that offered a competing vision of Texas history and culture to that promoted by the “founding fathers” of Texas folklore. Her complex analysis de-emphasizes the role of the Texas Revolution in Texas history and explores the ways in which Anglos and Mexicans developed tense ties following the U.S.-Mexico War. Her approach to Texas history elegantly counters the “rhetoric of dominance” of the established historians of the American West of her time. Gonzalez’s thesis is now available for the first time to a wider reading public, especially those who value a Tejana legacy that presents the borderlands as a crucible in which a new kind of identity is being formed.

Table of Contents:

Here is the table of contents of this book so that you may know exactly what it contains.

Editors Preface

Part I

Introduction: A Woman of the Borderlands, by Maria Eugenia Cotera

Part II

Social Life in Cameron, Starr, and Zapata Counties: The Master’s Thesis of Jovita Gonzalez


1 Historical Background

2. History of the Settlements at Zapata, Roma, Rio Grande City, and Brownsville

3. Present Mexican Population in the Counties Considered

4. Social and Economic Life before the Development of the Lower Rio Grande Valley

5. Border Politics

6 What the Coming of the Americans Has Meant to the Border People




About the Author:

Jovita González (January 18, 1904 – 1983) was a Mexican American folklorist, educator, and writer, best known for writing Caballero: A Historical Novel (co-written with Margaret Eimer, pseudonym Eve Raleigh). González was also involved in the commencement in the League of United Latin American Citizens and was the first female and Mexican to be the president of the Texas Folklore Society from 1930-1932. Click Here to Read Full Wikipidia Article on Jovita Gonzalez

Get Your Copy of This Book:

At the moment of writing this the only place that I could find it was at and was selling starting at $0.01 used and $1.75 new. If you are interested in buying this book click here BUY NOW to buy from Amazon.

I hope that you find this book useful and informative as I have. Please let me know in the comment area of what you thought about this book.

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About the author 

Moises Garza

I have doing my family genealogy since 1998. I am also the creator of this blog We Are Cousins, and the Mexican Genealogy blog. To always be up to date with both of these sites follow me on Facebook. To contact me or book me for a presentation, buy my books, and or learn more about me visit my personal website at

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