Roots of Resistance
Roots of Resistance
A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico


An updated edition of a seminal work on the history of land ownership in the Southwest

Underscores the centrality of land questions for this vital and diverse section of the United States—questions that continue to energize public discourse, state politics, and cultural reflections.”—Juan Gómez-Quiñones, author of Roots of Chicano Politics, 1600–1940

In New Mexico—once a Spanish colony, then part of Mexico—Pueblo Indians and descendants of Spanish- and Mexican-era settlers still think of themselves as distinct peoples, each with a dynamic history. At the core of these persistent cultural identities is each group’s historical relationship to the others and to the land, a connection that changed dramatically when the United States wrested control of the region from Mexico in 1848.

In Roots of Resistance—now offered in an updated paperback edition—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz provides a history of land ownership in northern New Mexico from 1680 to the present. She shows how indigenous and Mexican farming communities adapted and preserved their fundamental democratic social and economic institutions, despite losing control of their land to capitalist entrepreneurs and becoming part of a low-wage labor force.

In a new final chapter, Dunbar-Ortiz applies the lessons of this history to recent conflicts in New Mexico over ownership and use of land and control of minerals, timber, and water.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, a writer, teacher, historian, and social activist, is Professor Emeritus of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies at California State University, East Bay, and author of many articles and books, including Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War and Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie. Simon J. Ortiz, an Acoma Pueblo Indian, is a poet, lecturer, and writer whose collection of poems Going for the Rain won a Pushcart Prize.

Title Roots of Resistance
Subtitle A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico
Publisher University of Oklahoma Press
Title First Published 30 September 2007
Format Paperback
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 0806138335
ISBN-13 9780806138336
Publication Date 30 September 2007
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $19.95
 


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