The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction

The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction

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by Linda Gordon
     
 

In 1904, New York nuns brought forty Irish orphans to a remote Arizona mining camp, to be placed with Catholic families. The Catholic families were Mexican, as was the majority of the population. Soon the town's Anglos, furious at this "interracial" transgression, formed a vigilante squad that kidnapped the children and nearly lynched the nuns and the local priest.… See more details below

Overview

In 1904, New York nuns brought forty Irish orphans to a remote Arizona mining camp, to be placed with Catholic families. The Catholic families were Mexican, as was the majority of the population. Soon the town's Anglos, furious at this "interracial" transgression, formed a vigilante squad that kidnapped the children and nearly lynched the nuns and the local priest. The Catholic Church sued to get its wards back, but all the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, ruled in favor of the vigilantes. The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction tells this disturbing and dramatic tale to illuminate the creation of racial boundaries along the Mexican border.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674360419
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Cast of Principal Characters
October 2, 1904, Night: North Clifton, Arizona1
September 25, 1904: Grand Central Station, New York City3
Ch. 1King Copper20
October 1, 1904, 6:30 P.M.: Clifton Railroad Station34
Ch. 2Mexicans Come to the Mines44
October 1, 1904, around 7:30 P.M.: Sacred Heart Church, Clifton65
Ch. 3The Priest in the Mexican Camp80
October 2, 1904, Afternoon: Morenci Square and Clifton Library Hall109
Ch. 4The Mexican Mothers and the Mexican Town118
October 2, 1904, Evening: The Hills of Clifton149
Ch. 5The Anglo Mothers and the Company Town159
October 2, 1904, Night: Clifton Hotel201
Ch. 6The Strike209
October 3-4, 1904: Clifton Drugstore and Library Hall, Morenci Hotel246
Ch. 7Vigilantism254
January 1905: Courtroom of the Arizona Territorial Supreme Court, Phoenix275
Ch. 8Family and Race307
Epilogue314
Notes321
Acknowledgments405
Index409

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