In the book "The Devils Highway," what is Urrea's purpose in giving the history of the region?

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I find your wording interesting in this question in regards to “the history of the region.” Although I am not sure, my guess is you mean the history of “the devil’s highway” as opposed to the original towns that many immigrants began from or their destinations (which are also discussed at length). In short, the history of “the devil’s highway” region is discussed to cement the setting and to help the reader understand the tragedy ahead.

First, this area of land that has been nicknamed “the devil’s highway” is most definitely a setting of place. (The irony is that, here, setting of time is almost a non-issue because the hardships related to this exact tract of land will remain no matter what time period spoken about.) The exact place, much to...

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