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All the Agents and SaintsDispatches from the U.S. Borderlands$
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Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631592

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631592.001.0001

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The Rebel

The Rebel

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All the Agents and Saints

Stephanie Elizondo Griest

University of North Carolina Press

Corpus Christi activist Lionel Lopez leads the author on a tour of the colonias, the unincorporated communities that began cropping up in the Texas borderlands in the 1950s when developers foisted off cheap plots of land lacking running water, sewage systems, electricity hookups, fire hydrants, and paved roads to low-income (and largely Mexican-American) families. Upwards of 400,000 Texans live in such neighborhoods today. Diabetes are rife here, as is asthma. Scores of babies have birth defects. Too many people are dying of cancer. And when the colonias flood each year during the rainy season, outhouses and septic tanks do too, causing outbreaks of infections and diarrhea. Mothers lose their toenails.

Keywords:   South Texas, Colonias, U.S. Ecology, Inc, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, U.S. Mexico border, Corpus Christi, Texas, low-income family, Mexican-American, Tejano, borderlands

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