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Advocates for the Opressed - Malcolm Ebright

ME-AFTO. Advocates for the Oppressed: Hispanos, Indians, Genízaros, and Their Land in New Mexico by Malcolm Ebright.

Having written about Hispano land grants and Pueblo Indian grants separately, Malcolm Ebright now brings these narratives together for the first time, reconnecting them and resurrecting lost histories. He emphasizes the success that advocates for Indians, Genízaros, and Hispanos have had in achieving the return of lost lands and by reestablishing the right to use those lands for traditional purposes. Includes chapters on Zuni Pueblo and Galisteo, San Marcos, Cerrillos, and La Ciénega Pueblo grants. 440 pages, 13 original drawings by Glen Strock, 4 maps, index, bibliography.

He emphasizes the success that advocates for Indians, Genízaros, and Hispanos have had in achieving the return of lost lands and by reestablishing the right to use those lands for traditional purposes. Includes chapters on Zuni Pueblo and Galisteo, San Marcos, Cerrillos, and La Ciénega Pueblo grants. 440 pages, 13 original drawings by Glen Strock, 4 maps, index, bibliography.

Hardcover Introductory Sale Price $35

Paperback $30.00

ANT-AT PB All Trails Lead to Santa Fe: An Anthology Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1610 Sunstone Press, 2010. Even though all the 19 authors don't necessarily agree that Santa Fe was founded in 1610, this is an excellent compilation of articles by authors such as:John Kessell, Marc Simmons, David Snow, Cordelia Thomas Snow, Linda Tigges, William Wroth, and José Antonio Esquibel.

Malcolm Ebright has a chapter titled, "A City Different Than We Thought: Early Land Grants in Santa Fe," in which he discusses the Cristóbal Nieto Grant and the Santa Fe Grant.

There is much new scholarship here, all the better because of the controversy and disagreements between the authors.

Half the articles deal with the Spanish Period; there are also articles about pastures for the presidio horse herd, violence and justice in early territorial Santa Fe, and Max Frost and hardball politics in the late Territorial Period. As the editors say, there is something for everyone in this book.Paperback, 538 pages, notes, bibliography, illustrations.Paper $30

ME-RH-WB. The Witches of Abiquiú: the Governor, the Priest, the Genízaro Indians, and the Devil by Malcolm Ebright and Rick Hendricks. UNM Press, 2006. Illustrations by Glen Strock. This is the story of a little-known witchcraft trial that took place at Abiquiú, New Mexico, between 1756 and 1766.

The Abiquiú Genízaro land grant where the witchcraft outbreak occurred was the crown jewel of Governor Vélez Cachupín's plan to achieve peace for the early New Mexican colonists, caught between the Pueblo Indians' resistance to Christianization and raids by nomadic indios bárbaros. Thanks mainly to the governor's strategy, peace was achieved with the Comanches and Utes, the Pueblo Indians retained their religious ceremonies, and the Abiquiú Pueblo land grant survived and flourished.

Paperback $25.00

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According to leading New Mexico historian Marc Simmons, "[Ebright and Hendricks] demonstrate masterful detective work, allowing them to produce an authoritative narrative that is as provocative as it is well-grounded." Includes drawings, map, and documents. 360 pp.

FLQ-PH Pobladores: Hispanic Americans on the Ute Frontier. Frances Leon Quintana. Notre Dame Press, 1991.This book tells the story of the Spanish-speaking pioneers who settled the Chama Valley in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and their descendants who spread northward into the New Mexico-Colorado borderlands. This is a revised edition of Los Primeros Pobladores: Hispanic Americans of the Ute Frontier (Norte Dame Press 1974) by Frances Leon Swadesh and is used as a text for SW Studies courses. Paper back, 285 pps., notes, bibliography, illustrations. More Info on Book

Paper $16

KW-PS The Pueblo of Socorro Grant by Katherine H. White. Texas Independence Community, 1986. This book tells the story of the two Socorros, the New Mexican Socorro, an Indian Pueblo half way between Albuquerque and El Paso, and Socorro del Sur located in present day El Paso, Texas. The pueblo was moved as the Indians joined the Spaniards retreating to El Paso del Norte as a result of the revolt of the Pueblo Indians. There are a few historical errors, some of which have been corrected by the editors. The maps and drawings by José Cisneros are excellent and worth the price of the book. 166 pp.

Hardback $15

DJW-MF The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846: The American Southwest Under Mexico. David J. Weber. Albuquerque, N.M.: University of New Mexico Press, 1982.Superb treatment of the still understudied Mexican Period in NM and the SW, from the Mxican and US perspective. Includes numerous Mexican sources. Soft cover, 416 pp.

Paper $28.00

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EH-FL. Four Legues of Pecos: A Legal History of the Pecos Grant, 1800-1933. By G. Emlen Hall. Albuquerque, UNM Press, 1984. Back in print, this book is one of the best accounts of the myriad and convoluted ways in which land speculators gained control of land grants. Good discussion of Hispanic encroachment on Pueblo lands, court decisions regarding the status of Indians, and the Pueblo Lands Board. Hall gets inside the Santa Fe Ring, naming names and following the money trail. Cloth, issued with no dust jacket, 367 pp.

Hardcover $45

BG-LE. Literacy, Education, and Society in New Mexico 1693-1821. by Bernarado P. Gallegos. UNM Press 1992, 119 pp. Much broader than its title suggests, this is a an accessible social history with an emphasis on the role of books, written documents, and informal teaching in shaping New Mexico society.

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WdB-EE. Enchantment and Exploitation: The Life and Hard Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range. By William de Buys, UNM Press, 1993. Winner Southwest Book Award. A highly readable history. 416 pp.

Paper $30.00

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SF-TP The Preservation of the Village: New Mexico's Hispanic and the New Deal. Suzanne Forrest. UNM Press, 1998, 2nd Ed. 270 pp. This history of Hispanic villages of New Mexico during the 1930s takes as its focus the New Deal programs designed to revitalize those villages. New introduction by William de Buys and a conclusion that covers economic development in rural Northern New Mexico in the 1990s. Photos of village life in the 1930s, many by John Collier, bring that era back to life.

Paper $19.95

MJ-BH. Brief History of New Mexico. by Myra Ellen Jenkins and Albert H. Schroeder. UNM Press. 1974. Basic facts of New Mexico history. 295 pp.

Paper $14

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EM-IR. I Returned and Saw Under the Sun: Padre Martinez of Taos by E. A. Mares. Albuquerque: UNM Press, 1989. One-man play with Mares as Padre Martinez speaking to both Archbishop Lamy, who excommunicated him, and to Willa Cather, who misrepresented him in Death Comes to the Archbishop. Introduction contains basic facts of the life of Padre Martinez. Spanish/English. 101 pp.

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MS-CL. Coronado's Land: Essays on Daily Life in Colonial New Mexico by Marc Simmons. UNM Press, 1991. Domestic life and traditional customs in New Mexico. Accessible to the general reader. 195 pp.

Paper $18

MS-NM. New Mexico: An Interpretative History by Marc Simmons. UNM Press, 1988. Excellent one volume history of New Mexico for the general reader. 228 pp.

Paper $18.00

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MS-SG. Spanish Government in New Mexico by Marc Simmons. UNM Press, 1990 reprint. Still the best book on colonial NM government. 225 pp.

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