Saga of a Legendary Border City
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.
“The most important Mexican border city unpacked and interpreted. Martínez knows Ciudad Juárez, and this work shines like no other.”—Daniel D. Arreola, author of Postcards from the Sonora Border: Visualizing Place Through a Popular Lens, 1900s–1950s
“This study not only illuminates the development of Ciudad Juárez, but also says much about El Paso, the U.S.-Mexican border, and relations between the United States and Mexico.”—Paul Ganster, co-author of The U.S.-Mexican Border Today: Conflict and Cooperation in Historical Perspective