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Although their total numbers in New Mexico were never large, blacks arrived with Spanish explorers and settlers and played active roles in the history of the territory and state. Here, Bruce Glasrud assembles the best information available on the themes, events, and personages of black New Mexico history.

The contributors portray the blacks who accompanied Cabeza de Vaca, Coronado and de Vargas and recount their interactions with Native Americans in colonial New Mexico. Chapters on the territorial period examine black trappers and traders as well as review the issue of slavery in the territory and the blacks who accompanied Confederate troops and fought in the Union army during the Civil War in New Mexico. Eventually blacks worked on farms and ranches, in mines, and on railroads as well as in the military, seeking freedom and opportunity in New Mexico’s wide open spaces. A number of black towns were established in rural areas. Lacking political power because they represented such a small percentage of New Mexico’s population, blacks relied largely on their own resources and networks, particularly churches and schools.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Under the Radar: Blacks in New Mexico History
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 1: Esteban
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. 2: Intimacy and Empire: Indian-African Interaction in Spanish Colonial New Mexico, 1500–1800
  2. pp. 25-48
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  1. 3: Africans and Discrimination in Colonial New Mexico: Don Pedro Bautista Pino’s Startling Statements of 1812 in Perspective
  2. pp. 49-55
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  1. 4: A Law That Would Make Caligula Blush?: New Mexico Territory’s Unique Slave Code, 1859–1861
  2. pp. 56-84
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  1. 5: African Americans with Confederate Troops in West Texas and New Mexico
  2. pp. 85-88
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  1. 6: Cathay Williams: Black Woman Soldier, 1866–1868
  2. pp. 89-100
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  1. 7: Civilians and Black Soldiers in New Mexico Territory, 1866–1900: A Cross-Cultural Experience
  2. pp. 101-110
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  1. 8: Black Communities in New Mexico
  2. pp. 111-123
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  1. 9: Another White Hope Bites the Dust: The Jack Johnson–Jim Flynn Heavyweight Fight in 1912
  2. pp. 124-135
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  1. 10: Community Building on the Border: The Role of the 24th Infantry Band at Columbus, New Mexico, 1916–1922
  2. pp. 136-143
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  1. 11: Anita Scott Coleman: New Mexico’s “Unfinished Masterpiece”
  2. pp. 144-150
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  1. 12: New Mexico’s Black Women: Establishing Perspectives
  2. pp. 151-164
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  1. 13: How Albuquerque Got Its Civil Rights Ordinance
  2. pp. 165-169
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  1. 14: Between the Tracks and the Freeway: African Americans in Albuquerque
  2. pp. 170-185
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  1. 15: Haroldie Kent Spriggs and Sammie J. Kent: Integrating a White High School in the 1950s
  2. pp. 186-200
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  1. 16: The Modern Civil Rights Movement in New Mexico, 1955–1975
  2. pp. 201-212
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  1. 17: African American Leaders in Recent New Mexico Politics,1980–2010
  2. pp. 213-223
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-260
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 261-268
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  1. Credits
  2. pp. 269-271
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 272-280
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 290-290
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826353023
Print ISBN
9780826353016
MARC Record
OCLC
826657916
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2013-05-20
Language
English
Open Access
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