Further Reading

Working Women Into the Borderlands     deleonbook   johnsonbook


gonzalezbook    sandosbook     rogers_ranger_enlistment


Helpful Media


University of Texas at Austin’s History Department hosts 15-minute discussion on border conflict. Host Joan Neuberger, professor of history with RTF team member John Morán González, associate professor of English.


Los Tejanos

Website developed by Hernán Contreras that includes family histories and documents.

1918 Porvenir Massacre

Website developed by Arlinda Valencia that includes family histories and photographs related to the Porvenir massacre of 1918.


Border Bandits

Film by award winning Kirby Warnock. Inspired by an oral history collected with his grandfather Roland Warnock.


Lesson Plans

 To meet the requests from Texas teachers, Refusing to Forget is developing curriculum specifically designed for K-12 classrooms. These forthcoming lesson plans will provide historical context and activities for educators interested in incorporating the historical markers, which were recently passed by the Texas Historical Commission, into their local history units.

As we continue to develop curriculum, we would love your feedback. Please send your suggestions to Monica Muñoz Martinez at

The Life of Jovita Idar


This lesson plan was written specifically for Texas seventh grade classrooms and provides historical context and activities for educators interested in contextualizing the Jovita Idar historical marker. Idar was a journalist, teacher, nurse, feminist and civil rights pioneer who fought for the rights of Mexicans and Mexican Americans living in the early twentieth century. The purpose of this lesson plan is to encourage the discussion and remembrance of a local hero and to gain a better understanding of the context of Jovita Idar’s advocacy. Students at Brown University Nicole Sintetos, Katie Vogel, and Ricardo Jaramillo helped Professor Monica Muñoz Martinez develop the lesson plan.