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Literacy, Education, and Society in New Mexico, 1693-1821

Gallegos, Bernardo P.

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ISBN 10: 0826313485 / ISBN 13: 9780826313485
Published by University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 1992
Used Condition: As New Hardcover
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As new hardcover still in shrink wrap. Map, 119pp. From dust jacket: "Professor Gallegos.has mined documents such as military enlistment records, wills, and petitions to reveal golden nuggets of information on literacy." Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 01820BT

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Title: Literacy, Education, and Society in New ...

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

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What place did literacy and education have in the construction and maintenance of a colonial society in New Mexico? The answer to that question is carefully developed for the first time in this book. Gallegos assembles and interprets church and government documents to examine the relationship between literacy, education, and the social order in colonial New Mexico.

This study explores the role of literacy in the process of colonization, focusing on how individuals learned to read and write, to what ends these skills were employed, and the ways that literacy functioned to maintain--and challenge--the social order. Following the military reconquest, misions were re-established among the pueblos. Utilizing a pedagogy common in colonial Mexico, the missionaries raised and educated selected young boys from the Indian Pueblos. After becoming literate, these young men, called doctrinarios, became invaluable to the friars in the indoctrination of the other natives. Moreover, the author examines the many ways in which literacy in a restricted form was used by the civil and religious authorities to establish and maintain social control and by the populace in exercising their political rights and participating in the economic sphere.

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Gallegos assembles and interprets church and government documents to examine the relationship between literacy, education, and the social order in colonial New Mexico.

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