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Archives of DispossessionRecovering the Testimonios of Mexican American Herederas, 1848-1960$
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Karen R. Roybal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469633824

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633824.001.0001

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Engendering the Archive

Engendering the Archive

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(p.1) Introduction Engendering the Archive
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Archives of Dispossession
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Karen R. Roybal

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633824.003.0001

This chapter presents an overview of land ownership/property laws pre- and post-Mexican-American War (1846-1848). Drawing on historical and legal data, the chapter outlines the ways in which Mexican women, specifically, were impacted by a new U.S. legal system and makes the claim that in order to fully understand and appreciate the making the U.S. Southwest, gender must be a primary category of inquiry. The chapter calls for an in-depth and feminist examination and reconceptualization of the "official" archive to rethink: (a) what is considered "archival" and "historical," (b) who should be considered as "archiveable," or a legitimate actor in the production of historical narratives, (c) the ways in which testimonios provide primary source material that offer an alternative narrative of dispossession.

Keywords:   legal, feminist, archive, testimonios, dispossession, narrative, historical, primary source, alternative, legitimate

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