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Author Fernández, José Emilio, 1882-

Title The biography of Casimiro Barela / by José Emilio Fernández ; translated, annotated, and new introduction by A. Gabriel Meléndez
Edition First edition
Published Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [2003]
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Description 1 online resource (liv, 298 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: Recovering Neo-Mexicano Biographical Narrative: Cuarenta anos de legislador, The Biography of Casimiro Barela -- Introduction for the Work Forty Years as a Legislator, Or The Biography of Senator Casimiro Barela Written by Jose Emilio Fernandez / Benjamin M. Read -- Birth and Genealogy -- Primary Education -- Some Incidents Worthy of Mention -- He Enters Business -- He Emigrates to the Colorado Territory -- Senator Barela's First Marriage -- The Barelas in Colorado -- His Start in Politics -- An Heiress -- Barela Named County Assessor -- Barela Elected Representative to the Territorial Legislature -- His Third Daughter -- He Keeps Progressing -- Barela Manages to Have the Laws Published in Spanish -- His Fourth Daughter -- More about His Private Life -- The Death of Senator's Parents -- The Death of Dona Josefita Ortiz de Barela -- Something about His Daughters and His Sons-in-Law -- Senator Casimiro Barela's Second Marriage -- Brief Comments -- Past and Current Business -- Incidents Showing Foresight -- So Much Is Owed Him! -- As Representative and as Major Sheriff -- The Colorado Constitutional Convention -- In the Senate -- General Grant's Visit to Trinidad -- Barela As a Representative to the Democratic National Convention -- Other Posts -- As a Presidential Elector -- The Arbitrary Action of Judge Caldwell Yeaman -- The Denver, Colorado Exposition -- Barela's Intrepid Infantry -- The Mutual Advancement Association -- A Candidate for Auditor of the State of Colorado -- Further Work in the Senate
Summary "First published in Spanish in 1911, this little-known biography of a late nineteenth and early twentieth century Colorado legislator is significant not just as an account of an accomplished politicians's career, but as the story of a life shaped by issues of race and class. Barela was born in New Mexico just before it became a U.S. territory, and his biography appeared just before New Mexico attained statehood
His biographer, clearly promoting Barela as a regional success story, writes of the inclusion of his portrait among those of fifteen other prominent Coloradans in the state capitol rotunda, of his defense of Mexicano land grants, his membership in Anglo-dominated civic associations, his work in establishing Baca County in recognition of Hispanic pioneers in southern Colorado, his promotion of the Columbus Day holiday, his call for the return of war trophies taken from Mexico, and his collaboration with Mexico's Diaz dynasty. In Colorado Barela supported women's suffrage and commuted the death sentence for a Hispano prisoner found guilty of murder. He also passed legislation to force Colorado prisoners to work in construction crews to build state roads
On the personal level, we learn of Barela's penchant for raising racehorses and his preoccupation over not leaving a male heir."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 296-298)
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Barela, Casimiro.
Colorado. General Assembly. Senate -- Biography.
Hispanic American legislators -- Colorado -- Biography.
Legislators -- Colorado -- Biography.
Colorado -- Ethnic relations.
Colorado -- Politics and government -- 1876-1950.
Trinidad Region (Colo.) -- Biography
Trinidad Region (Colo.) -- History -- 20th century
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Meléndez, A. Gabriel (Anthony Gabriel)
LC no. 2003018069
ISBN 0826328822 (electronic bk.)
9780826328823 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Cuarenta años de legislador. English