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Forty-Seventh Star: New Mexico's Struggle for Statehood

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New Mexico was ceded to the United States in 1848, at the end of the war with Mexico, but not until 1912 did President William Howard Taft sign the proclamation that promoted New Mexico from territory to state. Why did New Mexicoandrsquo;s push for statehood last sixty-four years? Conventional wisdom has it that racism was solely to blame. But this fresh look at the history finds a more complex set of obstacles, tied primarily to self-serving politicians. Forty-Seventh Star, published in New Mexicoandrsquo;s centennial year, is the first book on its quest for statehood in more than forty years.

David V. Holtby closely examines the final stretch of New Mexicoandrsquo;s tortuous road to statehood, beginning in the 1890s. His deeply researched narrative juxtaposes events in Washington, D.C., and in the territory to present the repeated collisions between New Mexicans seeking to control their destiny and politicians opposing them, including Republican U.S. senators Albert J. Beveridge of Indiana and Nelson W. Aldrich of Rhode Island. Holtby places the quest for statehood in national perspective while examining the territoryandrsquo;s political, economic, and social development. He shows how a few powerful men brewed a concoction of racism, cronyism, corruption, and partisan politics that poisoned New Mexicansandrsquo; efforts to join the Union. Drawing on extensive Spanish-language and archival sources, the author also explores the consequences that the drive to become a state had for New Mexicoandrsquo;s Euro-American, Nuevomexicano, American Indian, African American, and Asian communities.

Holtby offers a compelling story that shows why and how home rule matteredandmdash;then and nowandmdash;for New Mexicans and for all Americans.

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Forty-Seventh Star recounts in detail, and for the first time, why and how even so powerful an advocate as Theodore Roosevelt failed to secure New Mexico statehood whereas his successor Taft prevailed. In the end, the deciding factor had less to do with the merits of the case than with congressional and presidential politics.

About the Author

David V. Holtby is retired as the Associate Director and Editor in Chief of University of New Mexico Press. He wrote this book while a research scholar at the Center for Regional Studies at UNM. He has published numerous articles on the social origins of the Spanish Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806142821
Author:
Holtby, David V.
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Author:
Holtby, David Van
Subject:
New mexico
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
39 bandw illus., 1 map
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Americana » General
History and Social Science » Americana » New Mexico
History and Social Science » Americana » Southwest
History and Social Science » Americana » Western States
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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Forty-Seventh Star recounts in detail, and for the first time, why and how even so powerful an advocate as Theodore Roosevelt failed to secure New Mexico statehood whereas his successor Taft prevailed. In the end, the deciding factor had less to do with the merits of the case than with congressional and presidential politics.
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