A walk through history: UTEP effort highlights Hispanics' significance





As far as historian David Romo is concerned, the streets of South El Paso represent a living textbook that can help students understand the complexities of the Mexican Revolution of 1910.

"The role of El Paso in the revolution by any criteria should be part of not only the El Paso school curriculum but the national curriculum," Romo said. "Unfortunately, it's mostly ignored by the textbooks."

Romo, author of the book "Ringside Seat to a Revolution," recently escorted teachers from El Paso, Austin, Chicago and Los Angeles on a walking tour of revolution-era sites on South Oregon Street. This was part of lectures and workshops co-sponsored by the University of Texas at El Paso's Center for History Teaching and Learning, El Paso Library and El Paso Museum of History....

TEP history professor Samuel Brunk reminded teachers the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) was the first big social revolution of the 20th century. "It's hard to make sense of the revolution no matter what vantage point you take because it's a complicatedhistorical puzzle," Brunk said. "It also doesn't make a lot of sense to end the revolution in 1920 when the fighting ends because part of the revolutionary process is the change it produces." Keith A. Erekson, an assistant professor of history at UTEP and one of the summer institute organizers, was optimistic that handling original sources in the library vault, standing on the roof of the historic Paso del Norte Hotel (now Camino Real) and talking with experts had excited teachers about the topic.

"Our overarching goal was to provide teachers with the inspiration and resources to teach students about the Mexican Revolution in particular and the international connections between the U.S. and Mexico in general," Erekson said....


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