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By Miguel Tinker Salas

Within the Shadow of the Eagles considers the ancient roots of Mexican border society. The Mexican northwest, and Sonora particularly, has frequently captured the public's mind's eye; it's been portrayed as a quarter of untold mineral wealth, rebel Apaches and Yaquis, self-reliant cowboys, miners, and smugglers. in the course of the 19th century, despite the fact that, the Sonoran zone was once remodeled from frontier outpost to a bustling and influential border country. this variation gave upward thrust to a dynamic courting among Sonora and the southwestern usa. during this cutting edge synthesis of Mexican, border, and western background, Miguel Tinker Salas lines the social and monetary historical past of the Sonora border zone and indicates the position performed through the USA within the financial system of Mexico.Drawing on large learn in Mexico urban, Sonora, Arizona, and California, Tinker Salas contributes unique discussions of the advance of nearby credits practices, the elite's use of violence as a political software to maintain autonomy, the results of sophistication, race, and gender in Sonoran society, and the impression of the railroad and mining at the border economic system. Balancing idea with unique empirical info in a robust, readable narrative, within the Shadow of the Eagles recasts our figuring out of neighborhood Mexican background and expands our rules in regards to the borderlands.

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Northwest Mexican society owes as much to face-to-face border interaction as it does to exchanges with the indigenous population, the development of mining towns, haciendas, and urban centers, and to the growing presence of Sonorans and Yaquis in the United States southwest. These factors imply that studies of this region should not be limited exclusively by national boundaries or limited to interaction among border towns, but instead should look at the comprehensive process of change occurring throughout society.

Such diverse cultural exchanges were not easily replicated until the onset of the revolution. At one level the border divided two countries, yet at another level, it brought together mem- Page 8 bers of the same nation. The appearance of Mexicans from other states added yet another layer of complexity to border society. Buoyed by their new-found status, Mexican elites transformed their urban environment, accentuating social differences with the rest of the population. Domingo Sarmiento's classic struggle between barbarism and civilization played itself out in Sonora between the rising urban classes of Hermosillo and Guaymas, which directly benefited from increased economic relations with the United States, and the common folk, the rancheros, the miners, and the Yaquis.

As foreign capital penetrated the state, Sonoran elites increasingly functioned as intermediaries. American and British interests dominated the largest mining enterprises and the railroads, and Sonoran notables found themselves relegated to agriculture, cattle, and limited trade. Pronounced reliance on American investments and markets eventually produced unexpected and dramatic cultural changes in Sonoran society. 47 This was not the case in Sonora. Constrained geographically and fragmented politically, Sonoran elites remained divided.

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