“Telling Nothing but the Truth”: Testimonios of Land Loss and Reclamation
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | 6:30PM — 8:00PM
In 1848 with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the Mexican-American War came to a close and Mexicanas/os in California, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico were thrust into U.S. citizenship without the full benefits afforded to Anglo Americans. Their citizenship status was better categorized as de jure, not de facto. This lecture focuses on the Nuevomexicanas/os who were subjected to a new U.S. legal system through which they had to reestablish their position as property owners and navigate a second-class citizenship shaped by a racial hierarchy. Karen Roybal describes how the testimonios taken by the U.S. Surveyor General during land grant adjudication proceedings in the late 19th century also demonstrate the gendered terrain of the property court cases as Nuevomexicanas/os responded to a new legal system and its laws and customs.
The stories told in the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit are getting richer. Join authors, artists, scholars, and activists from around the country this fall for the Borderlands of Southern Colorado lecture series as they deepen discussions an complicate narratives on various Borderlands topics. All talks are free and open to the public.
This series is sponsored by Colorado State University-Pueblo. Talks at Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center are further sponsored by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.