Cover

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Half Title, Series Editor, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-vii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

This project has been a piece of me for almost my entire adult life, and I could never adequately thank all of the people and institutions that offered intellectual, financial, and emotional support along the way. I humbly wish to acknowledge some of their efforts here. ...

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Introduction

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pp. xv-xxx

Stirling Dickinson and Emigdio Ledesma Pérez both arrived in San Miguel de Allende, a small town nestled in the folds of Guanajuato’s eastern sierra, in 1937. Like many others who journeyed to San Miguel by train during that era, Dickinson and Ledesma recalled being somewhat anxious as they waited on the station platform, ...

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1. Making a Typical Mexican Town

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pp. 1-38

José Mojica’s decision in 1935 to purchase an abandoned estate in San Miguel de Allende arguably altered the town’s trajectory more than any other twentieth-century event. The Mexican opera singer turned Hollywood star, drawn to the property’s orange groves and serene, babbling brook, felt compelled to purchase and renovate the ruin. ...

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2. Good Neighbors, Good Catholics, and Competing Visions

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pp. 39-76

A room in the back corner of the eighteenth-century convent now generally known as Bellas Artes contains an intriguing piece of San Miguel history. Motion sensors trigger lights that dramatically reveal an unfinished mural on the vaulted ceiling and walls. The abstract artwork, titled Vida y obra del Gral. Ignacio Allende, ...

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3. Bringing the Mexican Miracle to San Miguel

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pp. 77-112

Ruth Hyba had come a long way since her days as a young student at the Memphis Academy of Art. A self-described introvert, the Tennessee native recalled that she had never imagined herself as the type to travel to foreign places, yet there we sat, in the bright, flower-filled courtyard of the bed-and-breakfast she had opened in San Miguel decades earlier. ...

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4. Containing Threats to Patriarchal Order and the Nation

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pp. 113-148

On a typical San Miguel Sunday in the summer of 1969 foreign and Mexican tourists relaxed under the shady laurels in the Jardín after a morning of sightseeing. A gathering of about eighteen young, longhaired Americans caught the attention of the municipal police, who looked on from their post on the main square. ...

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5. San Miguel’s Two Service Economies

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pp. 149-188

In 1974 Margaret Cecilia Galloway, a British expatriate, first visited San Miguel, the final stop of a two-month trip to Mexico. The town kept drawing her back, and just south of San Miguel Galloway eventually built a house with a view of the reservoir, a lake known as Presa Allende. ...

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Epilogue: From Typical Town to World Heritage Site

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pp. 189-196

In July 2008 UNESCO designated the historic center blocks of San Miguel de Allende and the Sanctuary of Atotonilco as World Heritage Sites. The municipal government spent several years (and a substantial amount of money) compiling a nearly five-hundred-page nomination dossier prepared by a team of lawyers, archeologists, urban planners, ...

Notes

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pp. 197-250

Bibliography

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pp. 251-274

Index

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pp. 275-289

Further Series Titles

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