New Mexico: Celebrating the Land of Enchantment

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A pictorial celebration of New Mexico’s history and landscape.

In celebration of New Mexico’s statehood centenial, Richard Melzer focuses on the various social and political elements that have made the Land of Enchantment what it is today. Filled with images that document the past hundred years, New Mexico is a photographic delight accompanied by brief insightful essays that leave the reader in no doubt of a history that is both imposing and exciting in its scope. This book is also an official product of the state’s centennial celebration.

Richard Anthony Melzer is a professor of history at the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus. He is a former president of the Historical Society of New Mexico and is the author of many books and articles on twentieth-century New Mexico history.

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Every corner of New Mexico is covered, as is nearly every racial and ethnic group of this diverse state. Included are photos of famous leaders, infamous criminals, and average men and women photographed while going about their daily lives.

Many photographs are by renowned photographers, including Russell Lee and John Collier. Other photos are candid shots taken by everyday people, armed with cameras in increasing numbers by the early twentieth century. The author’s detailed captions describe the images and explain their importance in the history of New Mexico over the past 100 years.

The book provides a rare glimpse into a proud past that New Mexicans will enjoy as they celebrate their centennial and look forward to the next 100 years.

Richard Melzer is a professor of history at the University of New Mexico’s Valencia Campus, where he has taught New Mexico history since 1983. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books and nearly a hundred chapters and articles on twentieth-century New Mexico history. He is an award-winning author, teacher, and community leader who is most proud of his selection as the Teacher of the Year at the University of New Mexico in 1995. He is the past president of the Historical Society of New Mexico. Dr. Melzer and his wife, Rena, live in Belen, New Mexico.

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Pancho Villa's cross-border raids . . . the Taos Fiesta . . . Bill Gates' initial foray into business . . . White Sands rocket launches . . . Georgia O'fKeeffe's paintings . . . the filming of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid . . . Roswell UFO sightings. New Mexico has witnessed a glorious parade of artists, celebrations, personalities, and history.defining moments over the past 100 years. Celebrate the state's centennial with this comprehensive collection of photographs covering every corner of the state.

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