Archives of Dispossession: Recovering the Testimonios of by Karen R. Roybal

By Karen R. Roybal

One approach to American territory enlargement within the U.S.-Mexico borderlands was once the denial of estate rights to Mexican landowners, which resulted in dispossession. Many historic money owed omit this colonial impression on Indigenous and Mexican peoples, and present reports that do take on this topic are likely to privilege the male adventure. right here, Karen R. Roybal recenters the focal point of dispossession on girls, arguing that gender, occasionally greater than race, dictated felony suggestions of estate possession and person autonomy. Drawing on a various resource base—legal land documents, own letters, and literature—Roybal locates voices of Mexican American ladies within the Southwest to teach how they fought opposed to the erasure in their rights, either as ladies and as landowners. Woven all through Roybal's research are those women's testimonios—their tales concentrating on inheritance, estate rights, and shifts in energy. Roybal positions those testimonios as another archive that illustrates the myriad ways that a number of layers of dispossession—and the adjustments of estate possession in Mexican law—affected the formation of Mexicana identity.

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