Lamy of Santa Fe

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Originally published in 1975, this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography chronicles the life of Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy (1814-1888), New Mexico's first resident bishop and the most influential, reform-minded Catholic official in the region during the late 1800s. Lamy's accomplishments, including the endowing of hospitals, orphanages, and English-language schools and colleges, formed the foundation of modern-day Santa Fe and often brought him into conflict with corrupt local priests. His life story, also the ...
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Overview

Originally published in 1975, this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography chronicles the life of Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy (1814-1888), New Mexico's first resident bishop and the most influential, reform-minded Catholic official in the region during the late 1800s. Lamy's accomplishments, including the endowing of hospitals, orphanages, and English-language schools and colleges, formed the foundation of modern-day Santa Fe and often brought him into conflict with corrupt local priests. His life story, also the subject of Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop, describes a pivotal period in the American Southwest, as Spanish and Mexican rule gave way to much greater influence from the U.S. and Europe. Historian and consummate stylist Paul Horgan has written a chronicle filled with hardy, often extraordinary adventure, all of it sustained by Lamy's magnificent strength of character.

The definitive biography of pioneer hero Bautista Lamy, the first archbishop of santa Fe and prime civilizer of the frontier southwest.

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“Historians, and general readers as well, seeking vivid portrayal of the Southwest’s political, social and cultural traditions will find [this book] rewarding. … the historical and literary heritage of Americans in general will be the richer for Mr. Horgan’s painstaking effort."—Southwestern Historical Quarterly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819565327
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/2003
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL HORGAN (1904-1995) was a novelist, historian and biographer—and one of the 20th century’s most gifted authors. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize for History in a literary career spanning seven decades, and taught at Yale University, University of Iowa and Wesleyan University. His many other books include The Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History (Wesleyan, 1991).
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Table of Contents

FRANCE 1814-1839
The Fugitives
Caesar and Vercingetorix
Romanesque Heritage
Auvergnats
The Home Village
The Two Friends
To Go
America
THE MIDDLE WEST
Cincinnati
To the Forests
The Pattern
Those Waiting
Self-Searching
The Materials
Private Concerns
Machebeuf’s Intrigue
The Way
To Covington
Lamy to France
After the 1846 War
A Bishop for New Mexico
These Two Vicars
To Santa Fe
NEW ORLEANS
S. S. Palmetto
Interlude at Galveston
The Wreck at Indianola
San Antonio
To the Rio Grande
Triumphal Entry
The Desert Diocese
DEFIANCE
The Society
The First Needs
The Durango Journey
Confrontation in Durango
Disciplines
The Plains Eastward
Westward Prairies
The Antagonists
THE PASTORAL LETTER
Rebellion
Diocese See
Trouble at Albuquerque
Disputed Boundaries
The Old Dean
Scandal at Taos
MARTINEZ RAMPANT
The Advocate at Rome
Martinez Gallegos Politics
Machebeuf and Company Returning
The Excommunications
Schism
The Colonists
NICETIES OF GEOGRAPHY
The Poisoned Chalice
Quest in Sonora
Again to Auvergne
Quarrel with Durango
“Pike’s Peak”
Marie, the Convent, the Country
The Civil War and Santa Fe
Emergencies-Denver and Return
The Painted Land
ACROSS ARIZONA
Hospitals and Schools
Christmas eve: Attempted Murder
Rome and Battle
ROME – AN ACCOUNTING
Madame Bontesheim and Bureaucracy
Homeward
Prairie News
The Battle of the Arkansas Crossing
Increase
A QUIET CONSCIENCE
Two New Bishops
Vatican Council
Follies and Dangers
For the Pueblos
Hard Times
Archbishop
THE ARCHBISHOP
Jubilation
A Mile a Day
Styles
Atmospheres
Gardener and Apostle
RELIEF
The Gardener
The Apostle
Changeover
The Old Men
Day’s End
Two Summertimes
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