PROPOSAL: A HISTORICAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE SOCIAL STATUS
OF THE NEOMEXICANO CULTURE IN NEW MEXICO, 1834-1850.
This paper is a proposal to examine the
changing culture of the indigenous population of New Mexico
as a result of American occupation and governance. Historians
have noted the transformation of this people's cultural identity
despite the rhetorical efforts of the Americans of that day
to protect it. Of particular interest is whether the government
(and the military) saw the status of the Mexican citizens in
the same light as the American citizens. In theory, all inhabitants
of the New Mexico territory were equal in the eyes of the American
government, but history teaches us that often our country's
rhetorical stances do not necessarily correlate to the reality
of the behavior of the American citizens. This study will use
a variety of sources to build a social context of early New
Mexican society through which to view the events and trends
of the time period from 1834 (the year the press entered New
Mexico), when New Mexico was in Mexican hands to 1850, two years
after the end of the Mexican War.
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