Edges of Empire

KNW 2399: Edges of Empire

On the Western Front in Colonized Mexico


Scene on Balderas St. ‘reconstruction’ (Mexico View Company)

In this photograph the viewer sees the recovery of a town that had just been ravaged by the chaos of war. Bullet holes paint the walls of the buildings while debris is littered throughout the streets.   Despite these images of destruction, there also images of men working to rebuild their battered town.   There is much work to do but these men show that they are too defeated to do anything in earnest. The men in this photo will be able to eventually rebuild the town but they will never forget the images of violence that consumed the town days earlier. (100 Words)

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