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Death and Dying in New Mexico (Hardback)
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Death and Dying in New Mexico (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 30/06/2007
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In this exploration of how people lived and died in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century New Mexico, Martina Will de Chaparro weaves together the stories of individuals and communities in this cultural crossroads of the American Southwest. The wills and burial registers at the heart of this study provide insights into the variety of ways in which death was understood by New Mexicans living in a period of profound social and political transitions. This volume addresses the model of the good death that settlers and friars brought with them to New Mexico, challenges to the model's application, and the eventual erosion of the ideal. The text also considers the effects of public health legislation that sought to protect the public welfare, as well as responses to these controversial and unpopular reforms. Will discusses both cultural continuity and regional adaptation, examining Spanish-American deathways in New Mexico during the colonial (approximately 1700-1821), Mexican (1821-1848), and early Territorial (1848-1880) periods.

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 9780826341631
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
.,."an unexpected, absorbing, and illuminating discourse about New Mexico's deathways."
"A good resource for understanding death customs and their residual social and landscape expressions."
"This book is an excellent study that should be useful to many audiences. It is well researched, engagingly written, and full of interesting detail and anecdote."
""Death and Dying in New Mexico,.".leads the reader through a fascinating exploration of burial registers, wills, and court records that reveal the model of a 'good death' in 18th- and 19th-century New Mexico."

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