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The Biography of Casimiro Barela

José E. Fernádez; Translated, Annotated and New Introduction by A. Gabriel Meléndez

Publication Year: 2003

First published in Spanish in 1911, this little-known biography of Casimiro Barela (1847-1920) is a rare account of an accomplished politician's career whose life was shaped by issues of race and class.

Published by: University of New Mexico Press

Title Page

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pp. iii-

Copyright

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pp. iv-

Contents

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pp. v-ix

List of Illustrations

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pp. xi-xii

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. xiii-xl

Biography, by definition, is a finite narrative form in the sense that it most often follows the life of a biographical subject from cradle to grave.When it is produced as a posthumous tribute, biography labors to resurrect the life of its subject for a ready audience of readers who share the biographer’s wish to attach collective significance to the individual’s agency and experience. Complicit in such aims, biography (today we would include film biography as well) cannot...

Forty Years a Lawmaker

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pp. xli-xlii

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Prologue

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pp. xliii-xlviii

History, like some holy relic, holds in its bosom the good and evil deeds of men: the first so that we might imitate them and the latter so that we might avoid their repetition. The lessons of history speak of goodness and the avoidance of evil. History disdains criminality just as it admires virtue. History is the narration of true facts. It aims to deduce from the past the outcome of the future, and so to write biography is to write history as the circumstance of an individual’s...

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Introduction for the Work: Forty Years as a Legislator, Or The Biography of Senator Casimiro Barela Written by Jos

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pp. xlix-lii

Just as the worth of good and bad metals is tested by fire, and by way of the crucible, in the same fashion by way of adversities and vicissitudes the good or harmful qualities of the individual in the sphere of life are discovered—What trial by fire is to metals in the physical world, difficulties and sorrows are to the human being in the civic and economic spheres. For the writer who ceaselessly, and on a daily basis, reads in the book of life for the particularities, inclinations and unexplainable...

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Author’s Note

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pp. liii-liv

More than one person will find it unbelievable that before I was born, Senator Barela was already creating legislation, yet such a statement is true, since, by the time that I was born on April 10, 1882, Senator Barela had ten years of unbroken service to the Colorado legislature, and, today, as I write these lines he is yet senator for our district and, in all likelihood he will remain in that post as long as he lives considering the high regard in which he is held by his constituents...

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Part I

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pp. 1-65

Casimiro Barela. Senator from the Fourth Senate District and President Pro Tempore of the Senate, has been a continuous member of the Upper House of the Colorado Legislature for twenty years, and has been a leading figure in State politics for twenty-three years since 1871 and has been one of the major politicians in the state since 1869. He was appointed Assessor for Las Animas County in 1870, was elected a member of the Territorial...

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Part II

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pp. 67-123

Senator Barela—as always, inspired by patriotism and looking for the good of his countrymen and the progress of his homeland—introduced a bill in the Colorado Senate Chambers to send a memorial to the National Congress in favor of the admission of the New Mexico Territory as a state.1 The senators supported the petition of one of their own party members without amendment, because here was not just an act of pride, but one that held...

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Part III

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pp. 125-170

With Charles S. Thomas having been elected governor in 1898, Senator Casimiro Barela was named president of the Inauguration Commission for the governor-elect. Senator Barela received many compliments for his role in this high-level appointment. His decisions saved the taxpayers several thousand dollars. On other occasions money had been used to rent theaters and had been spent on other pomp. The Denver News reported “the inaugural ceremonies for 1899 had...

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Part IV

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pp. 171-218

Senator Barela arranged for a special show at the Orpheum Theater in Denver on March 27, 1907.He sent invitations to each member of the assembly and their spouses so that they could attend the event. Lieutenant Governor Harper, upon closing the morning session that day, announced that he hoped that each member and his spouse would be present at the Orpheum Theater to see the show that Senator Barela of the Fourth District was giving in their honor. He announced...

Appendices

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pp. 219-295

Works Cited [Includes Back Cover]

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pp. 296-298


E-ISBN-13: 9780826328823
E-ISBN-10: 0826328822
Print-ISBN-13: 9780826328809
Print-ISBN-10: 0826328806

Page Count: 352
Illustrations: 53 halftones
Publication Year: 2003

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Subject Headings

  • Colorado -- Ethnic relations.
  • Legislators -- Colorado -- Biography.
  • Trinidad Region (Colo.) -- History -- 20th century.
  • Barela, Casimiro.
  • Hispanic American legislators -- Colorado -- Biography.
  • Trinidad Region (Colo.) -- Biography.
  • Colorado. General Assembly. Senate -- Biography.
  • Colorado -- Politics and government -- 1876-1950.
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