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Transportation and RevoltPigeons, Mules, Canals, and the Vanishing Geographies of Subversive Mobility$
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Jacob Shell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029339

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029339.001.0001

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Mules and Upland Banditry

Mules and Upland Banditry

(p.13) 1 Mules and Upland Banditry
Transportation and Revolt

Jacob Shell

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the perceived usefulness of mule-based transportation for agrarian rebels and backwoods smugglers. Che Guevara’s discussion of mules and muleteers in his 1959 treatise Guerrilla Warfare receives attention, as does the use of mules by Pancho Villa’s rebels during the Mexican Revolution, by moonshiners in American Appalachia during the 1920s, and by Communist-aligned highland fighters during the Greek Civil War of the late 1940s and the Korean War of the early 1950s. In addition, this chapter looks at eventual divestments from mule-based logistical capabilities within the American military during the 1950s, and contends that this institutional divestment must be understood in relation to a longstanding perceived association between the social geography of the mule industry and the geography of off-road subversive logistical networks.

Keywords:   Army Mules, Mule Industry, Muleteers, Che Guevara, Mexican Revolution, Greek Civil War, Moonshine

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