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Telling New Mexico: A New History Paperback – March 1, 2009


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890135568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890135563
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.2 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,317,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The history of New Mexico is long indeed. "Telling New Mexico: A New History" attempts to reveal New Mexico's long and complex story from its earliest days, when Native Americans first set foot on the soil of the future state, to a more modern look at its history in today's world. The braintrust of forty-five scholars and historians, "Telling New Mexico" brims with exquisite detail concerning the state's major events, legendary figures, and more. "Telling New Mexico" is a fine read for anyone who wants to understand how New Mexico became what it is today.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Karon on February 2, 2011
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This volume was stimulated by three events, one of which is the approaching centennial of New Mexico statehood (January, 2012). It is definitely not a history. The editors have compiled a selection of essays and vignettes, from approximately 2 to 20 pages long, concerning selected aspects of the rich history of New Mexico. Some chapters are edited versions of previously published essays. It appears that the editors did not start by determining what important aspects of New Mexico history should be covered and finding or commissioning essays on those topics.
As a result, this volume will be of most interest to those who already know a good deal about New Mexico's history; they will find details with which they are not familiar. Chapters refer to many important themes but often give little or no background concerning the subject of the chapter. Some important events are treated very briefly or not at all: one paragraph on the Bataan Death March, very brief coverage of the Santa Fe Ring's activities to take land from the Hispanic landholders, no coverage at all of the Confederate defeat at the battle of Glorieta Pass, very brief mention of the conflict between the governors and the church to exploit the Pueblos in the 17th and 18th centuries. In contrast, there are chapters on marginal topics (the state flag and state song; promotion of New Mexico as "The Land of Enchantment"). While there are references to published material in the text, it would have been useful to have suggested additional reading at the end of many of the chapters.
There are some very interesting essays, such as those on labor strife in the mines during the first half of the 20th century, on the internment of U.S. residents of Japanese descent in Santa Fe during World War II, and on the experience of being Hispanic (especially immigrants from Mexico during the 20th century).
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By R Anderson on August 7, 2013
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This writer doesn't provide a concise history -- dates and events are a bit jumbled around, but it is a fun read and it provides some excellent anecdotes to add to the lesson plans. And, as usual, the provider through Amazon got it to me through the mail in just four days from the date of my purchase.
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By Jones on June 18, 2013
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This book is in wonderful shape and although I have to read it for a class, I am enjoying it.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence C. Potter on January 21, 2010
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A very enjoyable collection of brief "history" items. As always shipped promptly and actually arrived a day ahead of schedule. THX, Larry Potter
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