ISBN-10:
0819562513
ISBN-13:
9780819562517
Pub. Date:
10/01/1991
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History. Vol. 1, Indians and Spain. Vol. 2, Mexico and the United States. 2 vols. in one / Edition 4

Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History. Vol. 1, Indians and Spain. Vol. 2, Mexico and the United States. 2 vols. in one / Edition 4

by Paul Horgan
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ISBN-13: 9780819562517
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 10/01/1991
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 1038
Sales rank: 501,992
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.50(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

PAUL HORGAN, novelist, historian, biographer, was one of this century’s most gifted American authors. He trice won the Pulitzer Prize for History in a literary career spanning six decades. Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1903, he moved with his family in 1915 to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was Professor Emeritus and Author-in-Residence at Wesleyan University until his death in 1995.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Riverscape
Creation
Gazeteer
Cycle
Book One: The Indian Rio Grande
The Ancients
The Cliffs
To the River
The Stuff of Life i. Creation and Prayer ii. Forms iii. Community iv. Dwelling v. Garments vi. Man, Woman and Child vii. Farmer and Hunter viii. Travel and Trade ix. Personality and Death
On the Edge of Change
Book Two: The Spanish Rio Grande
The River of Palms
Rivals
Upland River
The Travelers’ Tales
Destiny and the Future
Faith and Bad Faith
Facing Battle
Battle Piece
The Garrison
Siege
The Eastern Plains
Prophecy and Retreat
Lords and Victims
The River of May
Four Enterprises
Possession
The River Capital
Collective Memory i. Sources ii. Belief iii. The Ocean Masters iv. The King and Father v. Arts vi. Style and Hunger vii. The Swords viii. Soul and Body
Duties
A Dark Day in Winter
The Battle of Acoma
Afterthoughts
Exchange
The Promises
The Desert Fathers
The Two Majestics
The Hungry
“This Miserable Kingdom”
The Terror
Limit of Vision
A Way to the Texas
The Great Captain
Fort. St. John Baptist
Early Towns
Colonial Texas
Mexico Bay
Forgotten Lessons
Hacienda and Village i. Land and House ii. Fashion iii. Family and Work iv. Mischance v. Feast Days vi. Wedding Feast vii. Morality viii. The Saints ix Provincials
The World Intrudes
The Shout
The Broken Grasp of Spain
Appendix A: Sources for Volume one, by chapter
Maps

What People are Saying About This

Carl Carmer

“One of the major masterpieces of American historical writing.”

From the Publisher

"Transcends regional history and soars far above the river valley with which it deals . . . a survey, rich in color and fascinating in pictorial detail, of four civilizations: the aboriginal Indian, the Spanish, the Mexican, and the Anglo-American . . . It is, in the best sense of the word, literature. It has architectural plan, scholarly accuracy, stylistic distinction, and not infrequently real nobility of spirit"—Allan Nevins

"One of the major masterpieces of American historical writing."—Carl Carmer

Allan Nevins

"Transcends regional history and soars far above the river valley with which it deals . . . a survey, rich in color and fascinating in pictorial detail, of four civilizations: the aboriginal Indian, the Spanish, the Mexican, and the Anglo-American . . . It is, in the best sense of the word, literature. It has architectural plan, scholarly accuracy, stylistic distinction, and not infrequently real nobility of spirit"

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