Laredo, Texas – The Webb County Heritage Foundation will host a public presentation and book-signing on Pesos and Dollars, Entrepreneurs in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands 1880-1940 by Alicia M. Dewey on Wednesday, July 20 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Villa Antigua® Border Heritage Museum, 810 Zaragoza St. A presentation by the author will begin at 6:30 p.m. and Dr. Dewey will be available to answer questions and sign copies of her book after the presentation.
Pesos and Dollars: Entrepreneurs in the Texas Mexico Borderlands 1880-1940
Drawing on both her expertise as a bankruptcy lawyer and her family roots in South Texas, Dewey tells the story of how a diverse group of entrepreneurs, including Anglo-Americans, ethnic Mexicans, and European and Middle Eastern immigrants, created and navigated changing business opportunities along the Texas-Mexico border. In the process, they remade South Texas from an isolated ranching society into a commercialized, urbanized outpost of the world economy in a little more than half a century.
Dewey further analyzes the region’s attraction for immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe and the Middle East, as well as Jews from throughout America, identifying the fluidity of social and economic life along the border as an opportunity for greater mobility for groups that might be marginalized elsewhere.
Books will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, contact the Webb County Heritage Foundation at 956-727-0977