Santa Fe: A Modern History, 1880-1990

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From 1880, when the railroad reached Santa Fe, to the early 1990s, the city was transformed from a territorial outpost to a modern community. This book focuses on what changes over the past 110 years have meant to the city's inhabitants. The result is a readable, captivating social history centered on the essence of Santa Fe--the lives of its Hispano and Anglo residents.

Initially, the railroad's arrival spelled the loss of the town's commercial advantage as the terminus of the ...

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Overview

From 1880, when the railroad reached Santa Fe, to the early 1990s, the city was transformed from a territorial outpost to a modern community. This book focuses on what changes over the past 110 years have meant to the city's inhabitants. The result is a readable, captivating social history centered on the essence of Santa Fe--the lives of its Hispano and Anglo residents.

Initially, the railroad's arrival spelled the loss of the town's commercial advantage as the terminus of the Santa Fe Trail, setting off a thirty-year economic decline. For Santa Feans of the early twentieth century, their city was a place of overlays in which the remnants of the past combined and interacted with the vital, living realities of the present and the promises of the future. Quite readily, a tourist industry emerged early in the twentieth century based on interest in the surrounding Native American pueblos, the area's Hispanic heritage, and a growing artistic and literary scene.

Over the course of the twentieth century, how Santa Feans resolved (or failed to resolve) problems associated with economic development and tourism have been recurring questions. The authors see a contradiction between the commitment to preserve and expand the city's attraction for tourists and the need for employment opportunity beyond the service and tourist industry. But the city's Anglo and Hispanic residents have accommodated to each other through intermarriage, health practices, education, and many other ways to create a unique city for its inhabitants.

It is in the process of ethnic interaction that the population created new cultural standards that have raised the city's stature to national prominence.

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Focusing on the internal changes and dynamics rather than relations with the larger region and world, retired historian Tobias (U. of Oklahoma) and sociologist Woodhouse (U. of New Mexico) trace the history of the New Mexico city since 1880. The first part, from 1880 to 1945, describes the political and socioeconomic life, and the archaeological and artistic threads that were beginning to shape the town. The second part extends to the present, emphasizing political and cultural expansion, social and economic development, and ethnic interaction and change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826323316
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author


Henry J. Tobias is professor of history emeritus from the University of Oklahoma. His publications also include The Jewish Bund in Russia from Its Origins in 1905; and The Jews in Oklahoma. He resides in Albuquerque.

Charles E. Woodhouse, 1920-2008, was associate professor emeritus of sociology at the University of New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Preface
Ch. 1 Some Historical Background 1
Ch. 2 The Railroad and Santa Fe 14
Ch. 3 The Political Development of Santa Fe 29
Ch. 4 The Search for a New Direction: Archaeology, Health, and Civic Organization 49
Ch. 5 The City Becomes "Different": Preservation, Style, and Tourism 68
Ch. 6 Artists and Writers in the 1920s and 1930s 85
Ch. 7 Social and Economic Trends, 1880-1929 104
Ch. 8 The Great Depression, 1929-1940 125
Ch. 9 Santa Fe and World War II 139
Ch. 10 The Postwar Era: Planning and Politics, 1945-1990 149
Ch. 11 Beyond the Tricultural Town: Expansion of the Cultural Scene, 1945-1990 170
Ch. 12 Social Change, 1945-1990: Residence, Class, and Education 193
Ch. 13 Cultural Accommodation, 1945-1990 214
Postscript 231
Bibliographical Note 236
Notes 239
Index 265
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