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Notes and Acknowledgements for the Third Edition

About the Author || 1: Beyond the Border

   The largest part of research for this writing was done at the University of Arizona library in Tucson. I was helped by the staff in many areas of the library in finding materials. Besides, I used the libraries at Arizona State University in Tempe, New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, and the University of Texas at El Paso. On this side of the border, I also used the libraries of the Tucson-Pima County system, the Pima College system, the Arizona Historical Society, Cochise College both at Sierra Vista and Douglas, Ft. Huachuca, and the cities of Sierra Vista, Nogales, and Douglas. I thank the staff in libraries and archives on the other side of the border, in 1992 and 1993, for their assistance. What, they must have thought, was a gringo doing there, away from the spots tourists normally go? Once they had an idea of what I was looking for, whether I knew it or not, or I could say what I wanted in Spanish, all welcomed me very warmly. Just across from southeastern Arizona are the Padre Kino and Mexicana de Cananea branches in Cananea, the library and archives in Nogales, and the libraries in Naco and Agua Prieta.

   I thank the person who uses my photograph of the wall east of the border crossings in Nogales to produce a cover for this edition. It is at the exact spot where my cousin, Steve Lee, then in Naperville, Illinois, drew a sketch of it for the first edition in 1993, when it was a fence with a hole. Cochise College art student Morgan Sharp used my photograph of the wall to draw a sketch for the second edition in 1995. Dave Labanow of CABACO of Sierra Vista continued with the map of southeastern Arizona and northeastern Sonora that are in all three editions, when Steve's commitments as a commercial artist in the Chicago area kept him from doing any more drawing for this writing.

   Had the Internet been completely in place in 1993, my research would have proceeded in a far different manner from how it did; probably events in both the United States and Mexico would have been far different from what they turned out to be, also. The invention of the Internet has already been a subject of question in the presidential election process in the United States this year, in 2000. As it turned out, the Internet has enabled me to include some items in the text new for this edition. I thank the person or persons who invented the Internet, whoever these really are, whether or not they are the persons who get credit for it after the elections on this side of the border have finished.

   I thank Mississippi State University professor of history Donald J. Mabry for including this text in his Historical Text Archive. Dr. Mabry has already included my translation of the Mexican Constitution in it. It is appropriate that it is posted on the Internet there, as MSU is even closer to Vaughan, MS, than it is from where I am now, Palominas, AZ, to Nacozari. Casey Jones became the railroad hero of the United States near Vaughan, and Jesús García became the Casey Jones of Mexico in Nacozari. MSU is almost exactly 100 miles from Vaughan, and Palominas is about 115 miles from Nacozari.

  Last in this writing but first in time, I thank Diego Rivera for the mural in the National Palace in Mexico City mentioned at the beginning, and his wife, Frida Kahlo, for material at he end of this writing. Diego Rivera began to paint History and Perspective of Mexico in the National Palace when he and she were married in 1929, and probably painted the segment mentioning the Cananea strike near the time when he finished the mural in 1935.