National Guard posting a sign at the Colorado border declaring martial law

Lost Highways

A Line in the Sand

Season 2, episode 4

In 1936, Colorado Governor "Big Ed" Johnson declared martial law in an attempt to close the Colorado/New Mexico border. In this episode, we unravel the historical context of this one decision, touching on issues of race, labor, and immigration that speak to the United States' current political moment as well.

Guests: Susan Schulten | Tom Romero | William Wei | Jessica Ordaz

Oral Histories: Interview with Governor Ed C. Johnson (1969) from the History Colorado oral history collection.

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