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U.S. Mexico Border, 1848-2014

Welcome to the research guide for Special Topics on U.S. - Mexico Border, 1848-2014 for HIST 3390 with Dr. Shepherd.
Photo Credit: Borderzine
This course will focus on the border region shared by Mexico and the United States after 1848. Foundational themes that will guide our investigation include such topics as:
  • race
  • labor relations
  • immigration
  • citizenship
  • sexuality
  • state formation
  • gender


Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary sources are the "raw" materials of research. They allow one to study evidence firsthand without the interpretations or analyses of others. Some examples of primary sources include the following:

  • Autobiographies
  • Birth certificates
  • Court reports
  • Diaries
  • Speeches
  • Minutes
  • Correspondence

To find Primary Sources in the University Library's online catalog, use  keywords such as "letters," "diaries," "correspondence," "manuscripts," and "narratives" with your topic to find historical documents or first-person accounts.

Secondary sources are the interpretation of historical events and people that provide the student with the author's analyses and evaluations.  Secondary sources allow the student to understand how others have viewed and interpreted the topic or event. 

Click here to view a short video about how to use the Library's Special Collections Department.

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Border History

Strike at Rio Blanco Textile Works c.1910. ARTstor Collection

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