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New Mexico in 1876-1877 Paperback – March 1, 2007


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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Rio Grande Books (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890689505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890689506
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,374,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I served as the New Mexico State Historian from 1987 to 2000. My books are based on forty years experience in NM's archives.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Burchfield on April 1, 2007
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To start off the book was put out in 2007, not February 1977 as the product description implies.

It's an interesting compilation of the writings of newspaperman William Dawson as he traveled around New Mexico in 1876 & 1877. You won't learn a lot about the towns mentioned (some of them no longer even exist) but there are some fascinating little bits about them anyway.

I think the editor, Robert J. Torrez, writes something about them being a sort of promotional effort to get people to move to the state- it certainnly reads that way. Short descriptions are given of each locality, jobs, economy, schools, the money rolling in- all the wonderful details of how great it all was. There is even some information of the local wages laborers were getting (white men being paid more tham Mexicans). Paying close attention you'll even see some of the 19th century attitudes about other races, Dawson seemed to have a low opinion of Mexicans and considered the Indians to be savages. He uses the term nigger at least once, not sure of his opinioon of black people, never put down Jews that I noticed (although I think many of the merchants were Jewish).

I like the book all right as a quick read but if you need a lot of historical detail you'll need to go elsewhere.
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Compiled and edited by Robert J. Torrez (State Historian at the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives in Santa Fe from 1987 until his retirement in December 2000), "New Mexico In 1876-1887: A Newspaperman's View" is a collection of travelogs and reports by William D. Dawson when he undertook a series of journeys that took him through New Mexico. He embarked upon the D&RG railroad near Fort Garland, Colorado and traveled through the Mesilla Valley, going west to the mining towns of Silver City and Pinos Altos, New Mexico. His reports were published in 'The Santa Fe Daily New Mexican' and provided his readers with informative eyewitness descriptions of New Mexico's towns, agriculture, wineries, mines, farmers, merchants, vintners, miners, soldiers, Native Americans, outlaws, and pretty girls. "New Mexico In 1876-1887" is a unique contribution to the growing body of literate on the 19th Century American West and is especially recommended for academic library American History reference collections in general, and New Mexico State History reading lists in particular.
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