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The King of Adobe: Reies López Tijerina, Lost Prophet of the Chicano Movement

Lorena Oropeza


In 1967, Reies López Tijerina led an armed takeover of a New Mexico courthouse in the name of land rights for disenfranchised Spanish-speaking locals. The raid thrust Tijerina and his cause into the national spotlight, catalyzing an entire generation of activists. The actions of Tijerina and his group, the Alianza Federal de Mercedes (the Federal Alliance of Land Grants), demanded that Americans attend to an overlooked part of the country’s history: the United States was an aggressive empire that had conquered and colonized the Southwest and subsequently wrenched land away from people who live ... More

Keywords: Reies López Tijerina, Chicano Movement, Mexican Americans, Civil Rights, Pentecostalism, Land Rights, American Empire, U.S. History, U.S. Southwest, Biography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469653297
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653297.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lorena Oropeza, author
University of California, Davis