In Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling across the Rio Grande, George T. Díaz sets out to document a history of products that are smuggled across the US-Mexican border. He uses Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas as the setting for illicit business that subverted the nation-state, highlighting tariff collections and the gun and drug trade. Díaz's work begins with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, which ends the US-Mexican War, and moves on to the Mexican Revolution and World War I, ending with World War II. The author states that contraband in the borderlands took many forms; smuggling was often part of a moral economy or illicit trade leading to contraband communities and many times allowed for folk heroes to form on both sides of the border. Díaz is able to successfully provide evidence that contraband flowed...

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