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Anglo-Mexican violence, at La Casita and Starr County , 1906 - 1909

 File — Container: 179, Box: 1, Folder: 2

Scope and Contents

This folder provides Texas newspaper clippings regarding violence between Anglos and ethnic Mexicans at La Casita, Rio Grande City, and across Starr County. The clippings begin with a brief account of “serious trouble” between “Americans and Mexicans” in Starr County in mid-June 1906. Most of the remaining clippings detail the alleged assassination of an Anglo judge and then a conflict between Texas Rangers and ethnic Mexicans resulting in the death of four of the latter, all in November 1906. The last two clippings involve the killing of an ethnic Mexican at a community dance by a Texas Ranger in May 1909, a killing ruled self-defense.

La Casita and Starr County were the sites of other major episodes of labor and racial unrest in the mid-to-late nineteenth century, as well as in the 1930s and again in dramatic fashion in 1966-1967. Starr County was the site of a major melon strike (La Casita) in 1966-1967, which led to a major protest march of workers from Starr County to Austin in the summer of 1966 and to acts of grower and Texas Ranger -led violence against Mexican Americans in 1967. For an extraordinary collection of primary documents on the events of 1966-1967, see the Holly Hewlett Collection on the La Casita Farms Strike, Box 103 in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Special Collections.


  • Event: Majority of material found within 1906 - 1909

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley assumes no responsibility.


From the Collection: 18 Folders (Legal)

From the Collection: 1.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Special Collections and Archives, Edinburg Campus Repository

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