New Mexico’s Stolen Lands: A History of Racism, Fraud & Deceit

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When the Mexican-American War ended in 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo guaranteed previous Spanish and Mexican land grants, as well as rights for Native Americans to their ancestral homelands. However, organized property theft began soon after. People were methodically dispossessed of their homes through manipulation, conspiracy and even organized crime rings, leading to widespread poverty and isolation. Then in 1967, the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse Raid, led by charismatic civil rights leader Reies López Tijerina, brought the age-old struggle over these stolen lands to the national stage. Author Ray John de Aragón brings to light the suffering brought to New Mexico by land barons, cattlemen and unscrupulous politicians and the effects still felt today.
ISBN: 9781467144032
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Mexico
Images: 50
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Author Ray John de Aragón joined La Alianza Federal de las Mercedes in May 1967. The group fought for the rights of Native Americans who had lost their ancestral lands and attempted to have millions of acres of Spanish/Mexican land grants returned to their rightful owners and heirs. De Aragón remains actively involved with issues that affect downtrodden people and prolifically writes on these subjects. He is a recognized historian and scholar of New Mexico and professor of southwest history.
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