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Politics of Place: Laredo as Case Study

Laredo, Texas was a focal point for much of the radical journalism and writing in Texas during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as for activism of several kinds. This chapter explores the town’s structure and social history to demonstrate the importance of place to the development of a border consciousness challenging inequity and racism in society. Leonor Villegas de Magnón describes Laredo as “the hotbed of the revolution” in her narrative The Rebel (78). A more apt place cannot be found to begin the search for a Chicana consciousness in writing from the border.