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Handmade Bricks for Texas

Handmade Bricks For Texas: A Mexican Border Industry, Its Workers, And Its Business


"This is a deep and rich ethnography. Like the other works of Scott Cook, Handmade Brick for Texas illustrates research of the highest caliber. Here he focuses on the century and a quarter of the long history and development of the handmade brick industry in the riverine belt on both sides of the Lower Rio Grand/Rio Bravo border. This is classic ethnography that illustrates the strength of extended fieldwork and face-to-face encounters with the people who live on the border. Importantly, this book adds a dimension to the notion of maquilas on the U.S. -Mexico border.... The intricateties of labor to agriculture and brickmaking illustrate the high degree of variability and adaptation of these border folk and labor to the region. Handmade Brick for Texas illustrates a nuanced and important dimension of the Mexican agrarian reform of the 1940s and the rise of ejidos on the U.S. -Mexico border. There is very little research on the ejidos of the border, but this book delves not only into their origins but also their relevance in the building of this industry.... This is a rigorous analysis of the industry from its beginnings to the present, providing the reader with a meticulous ethnographic and economic analysis of this important commerce. Handmade Brick for Texas opens and relates a profound border life that adds new insights about borderlanders, border life, and Mexican entrepreneurs."---Robert R. Alvarez, University of California, San Diego"Handmade Brick for Texas is a must-read for historical archaeologists in Texas. It brings an important historical perspective to material culture studies. Handmade bricks are often viewed as a class of material culture that has limited interpretative value, but Cook has demonstrated that these objects embody a tremendous amount of socioeconomic information. I will never pick up a handmade brick at a historic archaeological site without wondering about its complex history.... Who made it? When and where was it made? How much did it cost? How did it get delivered and end up where it was found? The book presents a very human perspective on the brick industry. The stories are up close and personal. Cook's use of the brickmakers' own words makes it easy for the reader to feel some of their emotions and share in their successes and frustrations."---Douglas K. Boyd, historical archaeologist; vice president, Prewitt and Associates, Inc.



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  • Format: Hardcover
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • ISBN-13: 9780739147979
  • ISBN: 0739147978
  • Publication Year: 2010
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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