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Why it took the Land o Enchantment so long to gain admissionto the Union
“The most omplete, original, readale, and lively aount o the sixty-year struggleetween pro-statehood leaders and equally powerul anti-statehood ores, oth inNew Mexio and Washington, D.C., that I have ever read.”
Howard R. Lamar,
Proessor Emeritus o History, Yale University
New Mexio was eded to the United States in 1848, at the end o the warwith Mexio, ut not until 1912 did President William Howard Tat sign theprolamation that promoted New Mexio rom territory to state. Why did NewMexio’s push or statehood last sixty-our years? Conventional wisdom has itthat raism was solely to lame. But this resh look at the history nds a moreomplex set o ostales, tied primarily to sel-serving politiians.
pulished in New Mexio’s entennial year, is the rst ook on its quest orstatehood in more than orty years.David V. Holty losely examines the nal streth o New Mexio’s tortuous roadto statehood, eginning in the 1890s. His deeply researhed narrative juxtaposesevents in Washington, D.C., and in the territory to present the repeated ollisionsetween New Mexians seeking to ontrol their destiny and politiians opposingthem, inluding Repulian U.S. senators Alert J. Beveridge o Indiana andNelson W. Aldrih o Rhode Island. Holty plaes the quest or statehood innational perspetive while examining the territory’s politial, eonomi, and soialdevelopment. He shows how a ew powerul men rewed a onotion o raism,ronyism, orruption, and partisan politis that poisoned New Mexians’ eorts tojoin the Union. Drawing on extensive Spanish-language and arhival soures, theauthor also explores the onsequenes that the drive to eome a state had or NewMexio’s Euro-Amerian, Nuevomexiano, Amerian Indian, Arian Amerian, andAsian ommunities.Holty oers a ompelling story that shows why and how home rule mattered—then and now—or New Mexians and or all Amerians.
David V. Holtby
is retired as the Assoiate Diretor and Editor in Chie o University o New Mexio Press. He wrote this ook while a researh sholar at theCenter or Regional Studies at UNM. He has pulished numerous artiles on thesoial origins o the Spanish Civil War.
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