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Manuscript Edited by ASU’s De León Earns TAMU Press Award

March 14, 2011

Even before its publication, the latest book edited by Angelo State University history Professor Arnoldo De León is already drawing critical acclaim, receiving the Robert A. Calvert Book Prize as the best manuscript submitted in 2010 to Texas A&M University Press on the history of the American South, West or Southwest.

The book, War Along the Border: The Mexican Revolution and Tejano Communities, is scheduled for publication later this fall and includes 13 essays by scholars in the field. The award, which carries with it a $1,000 honorarium, was presented to De León earlier this month at the annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association in El Paso.

De León, ASU’s C.J. “Red” Davidson Professor of History, is the author or editor of 20 major books and numerous articles on Mexican American and Texas history. An ASU alumnus and faculty member since 1973, De León is considered one of the nation’s preeminent scholars in the field of Mexican American history.

Among the essays selected for the publication is one by Dr. John Klingemann, an assistant professor of history at ASU. His essay, “‘The Population is Overwhelmingly Mexican; Most of It Is in Sympathy with the Revolution:’ Mexico’s Revolution of 1910 and the Tejano Community in the Big Bend,” examines how people in the Big Bend responded to the Revolution by aiding the revolutionaries with arms, engaging in smuggling goods to the warring factions and sheltering refugees, all the while under the watchful eye of Texas law authorities who suspected they were involved in bandit raids upon Texas ranches.

The collection of essays originated from a query to De León by Professor Tatcho Mindiola of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston about scholarship covering the impact that the Mexican Revolution had on Hispanic communities in Texas. When De León replied that very little such information had been compiled, Mindiola suggested De León pursue the topic. De León solicited essays for the book and for a symposium held at the University of Houston in September of 2010 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.

The latest award is particularly meaningful for De León because it is named for the late Robert A. Calvert, one of De León’s co-authors on The History of Texas, which is today in its fourth edition and remains the most-used contemporary collegiate textbook on the Lone Star State’s past.