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Archives of Dispossession: Recovering the Testimonios of Mexican American Herederas, 1848-1960

Karen R. Roybal


One method of American territory expansion in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands was the denial of property rights to Mexican landowners, which led to dispossession. Many historical accounts overlook this colonial impact on Indigenous and Mexican peoples, and existing studies that do tackle this subject tend to privilege the male experience. Here, Karen R. Roybal recenters the focus of dispossession on women, arguing that gender, sometimes more than race, dictated legal concepts of property ownership and individual autonomy. Drawing on a diverse source base—legal land records, personal letters, and l ... More

Keywords: property, Southwest, archive, testimonies, Mexican, land rights, identity, alternative archive, dispossession, colonial, erasure, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469633824
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633824.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen R. Roybal, author
Colorado College