Refusing the Favor

Refusing the Favor : Spanish-Mexican Women of Santa Fe, 1820-1880

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Refusing the Favor unveils a method for understanding how Mexico's northern land, New Mexico, came under the authority of the United States and what role women played in the political game of takeover. By not losing sight of the Spanish-Mexican women of Santa Fe, the most populated town west of the Mississippi until the California Gold Rush, it places gender squarely in the middle of the dialogue about conquest.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 206 pages
  • 160.5 x 235.2 x 19.1mm | 485.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 8 line illustrations, 3 tables, 2 maps
  • 019507890X
  • 9780195078909

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Eloquent and thought provoking ... One of the greatest strengths of Gonzalez's book is its rootedness in her personal history ... Another great strength of Gonzalez's book emerges in her last chapter, which analyzes recent trends in western American history. * The Journal of American History * An eloquent exercise in micro-history ... The overall effect is a subtle picture which presents an essentially human history in all its eloquent and often contradictory detail. The idea of using the court records is exemplary, revealing much about women's social attitudes and status, their survival strategies and their ability and willingness to use the system to protect their rights. As a result, the research succeeds not just in rescuing a forgotten history, but also in challenging the accepted histories of the American West and the tendency to romanticize and generalize from the often badly used statistics ... micro-history at its best. * Bulletin of Spanish Studies *show more

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