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Beyond the Book

Learn more about the themes and experiences described in the book. The following are a few resources to go beyond the book, including discussion questions, classroom resources, and cultural resources.

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2010-2011 Sacramento State One Book Essay Contest

In honor of this year’s One Book, The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea, the Latino Alumni Chapter of Sacramento State University is sponsoring an Essay Contest.

First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $250
Deadline: March 21, 2011 by 5:00 pm

Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words long. All essays should be double-spaced with 12 point font and 1 inch margins.
Content: All essays will explore an issue or topic arising from The Devil’s Highway.  Contestants are not limited to The Devil’s Highway as the only source; neither are they required to use additional sources.  All sources, however, must be properly documented using either MLA or APA style.  All disciplinary approaches are welcome (e.g. Political Science, Geography, Economics, Environmental Science, Philosophy, History, Ethnic Studies, English, etc.).  Essays should be well-organized, persuasive, and carefully written with a clear purpose. 

One Book Essay Form (Word document)

Border Film Project

Photos of internmetn camp of Gila River Relocation Center and Internees holding American flag at Granda Relocation Center - University Special Collections

Border Film Project is a collaborative art project giving disposable cameras to two groups on different sides of the border: undocumented migrants crossing the desert into the United States, and American Minutemen trying to stop them. To date, we have received 73 cameras — 38 from migrants and 35 from Minutemen — with nearly 2,000 pictures in total. The pictures show the human face of immigration, and they challenge us to question our stereotypes and to see through new and personal lenses.

National Geographic

  • U.S. - Mexico Border

    A May 2007 article in National Geographic explores the US - Mexico border and how it shapes communities along its path.

  • Border Patrol: Along the Devil's Highway

    Arizona's Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge used to be a pristine desert. Now it's the front line in America's immigration battle, rife with garbage, drug runners, and illegal aliens. Welcome to the nation's most troubled wilderness.

  • Border Wars

    A National Geographic series and multimedia project exploring issues regarding the US - Mexico Boarder.

UC Davis - The Devil's Highway Interactive Map

 Learn more about the experience described in the book with an interactive map, created by UC Davis students Derek Hunziker and Nathan Couch in Glenda Egan Drew's Design class.


The Border - History

A PBS series examining contemporary life along the U.S. - Mexico border. Be sure to check out the interactive timeline, text timeline and morphing map at the bottom of the page.

National Public Radio

Stories related to the US Mexico Border.

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