African American History in New Mexico: Portraits from Five by Bruce A. Glasrud

By Bruce A. Glasrud

even supposing their overall numbers in New Mexico have been by no means huge, blacks arrived with Spanish explorers and settlers and performed energetic roles within the historical past of the territory and nation. the following, Bruce Glasrud assembles the simplest details to be had at the subject matters, occasions, and personages of black New Mexico history.

The participants painting the blacks who observed Cabeza de Vaca, Coronado and de Vargas and recount their interactions with local americans in colonial New Mexico. Chapters at the territorial interval research black trappers and investors in addition to evaluation the difficulty of slavery within the territory and the blacks who followed accomplice troops and fought within the Union military in the course of the Civil conflict in New Mexico. finally blacks labored on farms and ranches, in mines, and on railroads in addition to within the army, looking freedom and chance in New Mexico’s extensive open areas. a couple of black cities have been demonstrated in rural parts. missing political strength simply because they represented this type of small percent of recent Mexico’s inhabitants, blacks relied principally all alone assets and networks, fairly church buildings and schools.


Bruce A. Glasrud, professor emeritus of background at Sul Ross kingdom college, has additionally edited Black girls in Texas historical past, The African American event in Texas, Buffalo squaddies within the West, and The African American West: A Century of brief tales. He lives in Seguin, Texas.

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