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The King of AdobeReies López Tijerina, Lost Prophet of the Chicano Movement$
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Lorena Oropeza

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469653297

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653297.001.0001

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The Mexican

The Mexican

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The King of Adobe

Lorena Oropeza

University of North Carolina Press

A fugitive from the law, Tijerina lived undercover in New Mexico for the next five years while his wife supported him and their six children. This time period amounted to a five-year sabbatical that gave him the time to understand American expansion as a bitter conquest that had robbed the region’s Spanish-speakers of their lands after the U.S.-Mexico War of 1846-1848 by violating the peace treaty that ended the war, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. He reached this conclusion after conducting additional research in Mexico and learning from nuevomexicanos, Spanish-speaking New Mexicans, whose families had experienced widespread land dispossession. In 1963, as the statute of limitations for his arrest drew near, Tijerina publicly founded the Alianza Federal de Mercedes (Federal Alliance of Land Grants,) whose purpose was to resurrect the 1848 treaty.

Keywords:   Reies López Tijerina, U.S.-Mexico War, nuevomexicanos, New Mexico, Alianza Federal de Mercedes, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

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