The Injustice Never Leaves You (Paperback)

Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas

By Monica Mu Martinez

Harvard University Press, 9780674244825, 400pp.

Publication Date: April 14, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/3/2018)

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Winner of the Lawrence W. Levine Award
Winner of the NACCS-Tejas Foco Nonfiction Book Award
Winner of the TCU Texas Book Award
Frederick Jackson Turner Award Finalist

"Haunting...Martinez has written a book that bravely and convincingly urges us to think differently about Texas's past. But she has also written a book that tells us something about the future we are creating right now."
--Texas Monthly

"A long-overdue reality check on the Texas Rangers' legacy...It's an apt moment for this book's hard go mainstream."
--Texas Observer

Between 1910 and 1920, self-appointed protectors of the Texas-Mexican border--including members of the famed Texas Rangers--murdered hundreds of ethnic Mexicans living in Texas, many of whom were American citizens. Operating in remote rural areas, officers and vigilantes knew they could hang, shoot, burn, and beat victims to death without scrutiny. A culture of impunity prevailed. The abuses were so pervasive that in 1919 the Texas legislature investigated the charges and uncovered a clear pattern of state crime. Records of the proceedings were soon filed away as the Ranger myth flourished.

A groundbreaking work of historical reconstruction, The Injustice Never Leaves You has upended Texas's sense of its own history. A timely reminder of the dark side of American justice, it is a riveting story of race, power, and prejudice on the border.