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 background of the territory and kingdom. right here, Bruce Glasrud assembles the simplest info on hand at the subject matters, occasions, and personages of black New Mexico history.

The participants painting the blacks who followed Cabeza de Vaca, Coronado and de Vargas and recount their interactions with local american citizens in colonial New Mexico. Chapters at the territorial interval study 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 through 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 broad open areas. a couple of black cities have been tested in rural parts. missing political strength simply because they represented the sort of small percent of recent Mexico’s inhabitants, blacks relied mostly all alone assets and networks, really church buildings and schools.


Bruce A. Glasrud, professor emeritus of heritage at Sul Ross country college, has additionally edited Black ladies in Texas historical past, The African American adventure in Texas, Buffalo infantrymen within the West, and The African American West: A Century of brief tales. He lives in Seguin, Texas.

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