Sunday May 19, 2013
David Correia, assistant professor of American Studies at UNM, talks about and signs his non-fiction book of local interest.
The book is described as such: "Spain and Mexico populated what is todayNew Mexico through large common property land grants to sheepherders andagriculturalists. After the U.S.-Mexican War the area saw rampant landspeculation and dubious property adjudication. Nearly all of the huge landgrants scattered throughout New Mexico were rejected by U.S. courts oracquired by land speculators. Of all the land grant conflicts in NewMexico's history, the struggle for the Tierra Amarilla land grant, thefocus of Correia's story, is one of the most sensational, with numerousnineteenth-century speculators ranking among the state's political andeconomic elite and a remarkable pattern of resistance to land loss byheirs in the twentieth century.
Correia narrates a long and largely unknown history of property conflict in Tierra Amarilla characterized bynearly constant violence—night riding and fence cutting, pitched gunbattles, and tanks rumbling along the rutted dirt roads of northern New Mexico. The legal geography he constructs is one that includes asurprising and remarkable cast of characters: millionaire sheep barons,Spanish anarchists, hooded Klansmen, Puerto Rican terrorists, andundercover FBI agents."Correia is an assistant professor in the Department of American Studies atthe University of NM. His research interests center on the intersectionsof environmental politics and policy, the production of expert knowledgeand political economy. He maintains a regional focus on New Mexico and thewider Southwest borderlands.
Correia has published widely in radicalhistory, political ecology and environmental conflict. Recent scholarlyarticles include essays on the political economy of forest certification, radical social movements in New Mexico, race and state violence, thehistory of property struggles over Spanish and Mexican property claims inNew Mexico and the cultural politics of expert knowledge in New Mexicoforest management.
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