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Civil Rights in the Texas BorderlandsDr. Lawrence A. Nixon and Black Activism$
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Will Guzmán

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038921

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038921.001.0001

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The Lure of El Paso, 1910–1919

The Lure of El Paso, 1910–1919

(p.30) Chapter 2 The Lure of El Paso, 1910–1919
Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands

Will Guzmán

University of Illinois Press

This chapter describes a new period in Nixon's life as well as the storied history of Blacks in El Paso. Nixon would settle in this city alongside his childhood friend Le Roy White and practice his medicine there for the next fifty years. His time in El Paso would prove to be an eventful one, as he encountered, among other things, the start of the Mexican Revolution, Jim Crow, the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), World War I, and an epidemic outbreak which would take the life his wife, Esther Nixon. In addition, living in El Paso would also drive him to become more civically and politically active over time.

Keywords:   El Paso, El Paso Blacks, NAACP, Booker T. Washington's visit, Mexican Revolution, Jim Crow, World War I, influenza, Esther Josephine Calvin, Le Roy White

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