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Author Peña, Elaine A., 1979- author.

Title ¡Viva George! celebrating Washington's birthday at the US-Mexico border / Elaine A. Peña
Edition First edition
Published Austin : University of Texas Press, [2020]


Description 1 online resource
Series Jack and Doris Smothers series in Texas history, life, and culture
Jack and Doris Smothers series in Texas history, life, and culture.
Contents Intro -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction. From Border Capricho to Border Scaffolding -- Part I. Playing for Power -- 1. Playing Indian, Playing Colonial -- 2. Playing Mexican -- Part II. Playing under Duress -- 3. Hurricane Alice and the International Bridge Closure Crisis -- 4. Paso Libre -- 5. Us, Them, and Festive Security -- Conclusion. Why Study Border Enactments? -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "For more than a century, the border cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, have celebrated George Washington's birthday with parades, pageants, and other festivities. This project uses that long-standing tradition as a lens to examine binational relations and cross-border cooperation, especially during times of crisis (e.g., the 1954 flood, currency devaluations, present-day drug violence). It is a work of both ethnography and archival research (as well as a few uncatalogued documents the author received from private collections), and it argues that the tradition of meeting in the middle of the international bridge is more than a goodwill gesture or an exercise in identity-consolidation. Peña maintains the GWB celebration is a repository of bicultural memory, a negotiation platform, a reconciliatory course of action, and even an efficacious mode of border security"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Festivals -- Texas -- Laredo -- History
Festivals -- Mexico -- Nuevo Laredo -- History
Political customs and rites -- Texas -- Laredo
Political customs and rites -- Mexico -- Nuevo Laredo
Festivals -- Texas -- Laredo -- International cooperation -- History
Festivals -- Mexico -- Nuevo Laredo -- International cooperation -- History
Ethnosociology -- Mexican-American Border Region
International relations
Political customs and rites
SUBJECT Laredo (Tex.) -- Relations -- Mexico -- Nuevo Laredo
Subject Mexico -- Nuevo Laredo
North America -- Mexican-American Border Region
Texas -- Laredo
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781477321454