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 sooner than Alonzo W. Allee shot and killed him and his son, Manuel Gutiérrez. What all started as an easy dispute over Allee's unauthorized tenancy on a Gutiérrez family members ranch close to Laredo, Texas, led not just to the slaying of those favorite 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 l. a. 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 felony group for Allee's safeguard and in addition discusses how Anglo-owned newspapers contributed to shaping public opinion in Allee's want. In telling the tale of this long-ago crime and its tragic effects, de los angeles Garza sheds new mild at the interethnic struggles that outlined lifestyles at the border a century in the past, at the mystique of the Texas Rangers (Allee was once stated to be a Ranger), and at the felony framework that after institutionalized violence and lawlessness in Texas.
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A Law for the Lion: A Tale of Crime and Injustice in the Borderlands by Beatriz de la Garza