EP. 61: Texas and the Great War, Part 1-Unrest on the Border

The early 20th century brought chaos to the Texas/Mexico border.  The Mexican revolution(s) created opportunities for raiders, bandits and criminals to run rampant.  The law was hard to enforce and depredations hard to prevent.  Germany fostered this chaos to distract the U.S. from the war in Europe.  Soon, two documents were discovered that would focus U.S. attention on either quelling the chaos, or joining the war.  Hear the story of the role Texas played in the U.S. entering World War I in the latest episode of Wise About Texas:  Texas and the Great War, Part 1.

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5 thoughts on “EP. 61: Texas and the Great War, Part 1-Unrest on the Border”

  1. In 1958 my maternal grandmother gave me a Colt 44/40 revolver made in 1884, she said that the gun was given to her by a Texas Ranger along with black powder ammunition sometime around 1914/1916 as part of an effort to arm citizens against border incursions and possible local unrest (SanDiego) the story never made sense until now. Our family goes back along way in Texas being part of the original Texas 300, of course all that and $2.50 will get me a cup of coffee at Starbucks, I always joke that I can go back and visit the family ranch at Onion creek any time I want, that is as long as I pay the park fees.

  2. Greetings from Mercedes, Texas, where Mexico is a stones throw so they say. I am thoroughly enjoying your podcasts and can’t wait to listen to more.

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