While a number of works have been written about the influence of the United States on the Mexican Revolution, this collection of essays turns the tables by analyzing the influence of the Mexican Revolution on the United States, with emphasis on its cultural impact. As the subtitle indicates, the collection takes on a wide variety of topics; the editors indicate up front that a “notable variety of subject matter” will be covered (p. ix). Open Borders to a Revolution has its origins in an academic symposium held in 2010 to commemorate the centennial of the Mexican Revolution. The book is divided into two sections: “Traveling Borders” and “Living Borders.”

“Traveling Borders” examines the revolution's transnational influence on history, culture, and politics. This section covers primarily the 1920s and 1930s but does not follow a chronological order. The period produced three of the...

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