New Mexico: A Celebration of the Land of Enchantment

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In celebration of New Mexico’s statehood centenial, Richard Melzer focuses on the various social and political elements that have made the Land of Enchantment what it is today. Filled with images that document the past hundred years, New Mexico is a photographic delight accompanied by brief insightful essays that leave the reader in no doubt of a history that is both imposing and exciting in its scope. This book is also an official product of the state’s centennial celebration.

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Overview

In celebration of New Mexico’s statehood centenial, Richard Melzer focuses on the various social and political elements that have made the Land of Enchantment what it is today. Filled with images that document the past hundred years, New Mexico is a photographic delight accompanied by brief insightful essays that leave the reader in no doubt of a history that is both imposing and exciting in its scope. This book is also an official product of the state’s centennial celebration.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423616337
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,460,423
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Anthony Melzer is a professor of history at the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus. He is a former president of the Historical Society of New Mexico and is the author of many books and articles on twentieth-century New Mexico history.

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There have been several major turning points in New Mexico history since the arrival of the first
Spanish explorers to the Southwest in the sixteenth century:

1540–42 Francisco Coronado explores the Southwest.

1598 Don Juan de Oñate conquers New Mexico for Spain.

1680 The Pueblo Revolt forces the Spanish to retreat to El Paso.

1692 Don Diego de Vargas reconquers New Mexico.

1786 The Spanish achieve peace with the Comanches.

1821 New Mexico becomes a part of the new nation of Mexico.

1821 The opening of the Santa Fe Trail.

1846–48 The United States conquers New Mexico in the Mexican-American War, culminating with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

1850 New Mexico becomes a U.S. territory.

1861–62 A Confederate invasion of New Mexico is repulsed during the Civil War.

1863–64 The Navajo Long Walk to Bosque Redondo.

1878–81 The Lincoln County War.

1879 The first railroad line into New Mexico is built.

1886 Geronimo’s surrender ends the Indian wars in New Mexico.

1912 U.S. statehood is achieved.

1924 Oil is discovered in southeast New Mexico.

1933 The New Deal era begins in New Mexico.

1942 The Bataan Death March.

1945 The world’s first atomic weapon is developed and tested in New Mexico.

Each of these turning points dramatically changed New Mexico in irreversible ways. The anniversary of each turning point reminds us of the event’s impact not only at the time it occurred, but on New
Mexico history ever since.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 8

CHAPTER 1

Politics 11

CHAPTER 2

At War 35

CHAPTER 3

Law and Disorder 71

CHAPTER 4

Many Cultures I 87

CHAPTER 5

Many Cultures II 121

CHAPTER 6

Business 157

CHAPTER 7

Tourism 185

CHAPTER 8

Farming and Ranching 219

CHAPTER 9

Health, Science, and Technology 241

CHAPTER 10

Transportation and Communication 261

CHAPTER 11

At Play 291

CHAPTER 12

Crescit Eundo 309

Notes 314

Suggested References 327

Index 328

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