In the last three decades, Mexican postrevolutionary education has received the attention of a good number of Mexican and U.S. historians, turning the once-amateur field of educational history into a professional endeavor and contributing to the already rich corpus of postrevolutionary cultural, social, and political historiography. Andrae M. Marak is right in observing that more attention has been paid to José Vasconcelos’s period as secretary of education (1921 – 24) and the educational policies of Lázaro Cárdenas’s government (1934 – 40) than to those of the period in between, which he studies. The author is also right in pointing out that the northern frontier has been little researched. Therefore, his work on Sonora’s and Coahuila’s northern borders as well as on the state of Chihuahua during 1924 – 35 is a welcome addition.

The introduction and the first chapter focus on Calles’s educational...

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