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Elisabeth Charman

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design and University Honors




Parks -- Mexican-American Border Region -- History -- Case studies, Mexican-American Border Region -- Politics and government -- Case studies, Mexican-American Border Region -- Social conditions -- Case studies, Border security, United States -- Foreign relations -- Mexico, Mexico -- Foreign relations -- United States




Friendship Park is the only designated bi-national meeting point along the US-MX border. It's a space where friends and families separated by the border wall can come to be together. The park was created in 1971 as a space that could be shared by both the US and Mexico. But as our relationship with our neighboring nation has become more tense, and as we have begun to build an increasingly secure wall along the border, Friendship Park has suffered. As the border has become more militarized and secure, so has the park. As our two countries have become more divided so have the friends and families that depend on this space to be in physical contact with each other. And with President Trump's election and his promise to build a bigger border wall, this park may be at risk of becoming more divided and militarized than ever.

This book outlines the political events that affected our relationship with Mexico. It shows how these events lead to security increases along the border (specifically friendship park) and it explores the social implications of these security increases.


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