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Properties of violence; law and land grant struggle in northern New Mexico.


Properties of violence; law and land grant struggle in northern New Mexico.

Correia, David.

U. of Georgia Press


220 pages


Geographies of justice and social transformation; 17


During pre-state days, the area now called New Mexico was populated by Spanish-speaking sheepherders and farmers living on under large common-property land grants. But after the US-Mexican War, corrupt US federal officials aided in a pattern of land speculation that dispossessed land grant holders of their common property. In this detailed study, author Correia (American studies, University of New Mexico) focuses on one contested piece of land in New Mexico, the Tierra Amarilla land grant, and the armed resistance by several generations of one family against land grabbers and US law. Correia shows that the settlers and heirs of the Tierra Amarilla land grant were among the first to organize for the return of lost land and to take up arms against the state and private ranchers. The author argues that the case of Tierra Amarilla illustrates that violence is inherent to law and property. This scholarly study is also accessible to general readers and students and includes high-quality b&w photos, maps, and documents.

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Date:Jun 1, 2013
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