El Paso Social Justice Education Project co-founder Oscar J. Martínez's newest book is now available through the University of Arizona Press or Amazon.  Following is a short description of the book:

A singular, timely history of a unique border town

Juárez is no ordinary city. Its history is exhilarating and tragic. Part of the state of Chihuahua and located on the border with the United States oppo­site El Paso, Texas, Juárez has often captured the world’s attention in dra­matic fashion.

In Ciudad Juárez: Saga of a Legendary Border City, Oscar J. Martínez provides a historical overview of the economic and social evolution of this famous transnational urban center from the 1848 creation of the interna­tional boundary between Mexico and the United States to the present, em­phasizing the city’s deep ties to the United States.

Martínez also explores major aspects of the social history of the city, including cross-border migration, urbanization, population growth, living standards, conditions among the city’s workers, crime, and the circum­stances that led to the horrendous violence that catapulted Juárez to the top rung of the world’s most violent urban areas in the early twenty-first century.

In countless ways, the history of Juárez is the history of the entire Mexican northern frontier. Understanding how the city evolved provides a greater appreciation for the formidable challenges faced by Mexican fron­terizos, and yields vital insights into the functioning of borderland regions around the world.

OSCAR J. MARTÍNEZ is a Regents’ Professor of History at the University of Arizona. He has authored and edited numerous books and many articles, book chapters, and reviews. His most recent book is Mexico’s Uneven Devel­opment: The Geographic and Historical Context of Inequality.

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Paper:  $29.95  

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