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New Book by Malcolm Ebright
Advocates for the Opressed - Malcolm Ebright

ME-AFTO. Advocates for the Oppressed: Hispanos, Indians, Genízaros, and Their Land in New Mexico by Malcolm Ebright.

Having written about Hispano land grants and Pueblo Indian grants separately, Malcolm Ebright now brings these narratives together for the first time, reconnecting them and resurrecting lost histories.

He emphasizes the success that advocates for Indians, Genízaros, and Hispanos have had in achieving the return of lost lands and by reestablishing the right to use those lands for traditional purposes. Includes chapters on Zuni Pueblo and Galisteo, San Marcos, Cerrillos, and La Ciénega Pueblo grants. 440 pages, 13 original drawings by Glen Strock, 4 maps, index, bibliography.

Hardcover Introductory Sale Price $35

Land Grants & Lawsuits in Northern New Mexico-Malcolm Ebright


Embossed Cloth Hardcover $30.00


Paperback $20.00

ME-LG. Land Grants and Lawsuits in Northern New Mexico by Malcolm Ebright. Republished by the Center for Land Grant Studies, Guadalupita, NM 2008. Original published by UNM Press, 1994, first edition out of print. New introduction by Malcolm Ebright and stunning new cover art by Glen Strock including an embossed cloth cover design by Glen Strock. Contains eight case studies of specific land grants, together with background material on the making of Spanish and Mexican land grants and their adjudication by the U.S. Malcolm Ebright draws on his wide experience as a historian and attorney to examine the history of New Mexico's land grants from their antecedents in Spain and Mexico down to present-day land and water lawsuits. Ebright narrates specific cases involving fraud, forgery, and injustice, as well as courageous acts by land grant communities. Land Grants & Lawsuits in Northern New Mexico presents a comprehensive and clear account of clashing legal systems. Considered the definitive book on New Mexico land grants; used as a text in South Western studies courses. 401 pps.

Excerpts from "Land Grants & Lawsuits" Complete text online. Introduction, Conclusion, Index, Bibliography and Glossary.

From the unkept promises of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to the legal machinations of Santa Fe Ring attorneys, Ebright documents a pattern of land loss and inequities that remain major issues in current lawsuits. Through his examination of the role of custom in Hispanic law, the unique history of Northern New Mexico, and the failure of the United States courts to recognize common land ownership, Ebright helps general readers understand the complex problems facing northern New Mexico's traditional communities. He discusses the San Joaquin, Embudo, Las Trampas, Las Vegas, Ramon Vigil, and Jacona grants, among others, and relates them to the background of New Mexico history.

"Essential for anyone wishing to understand the historical and legal strata underlying land and water disputes still raging today across the landscape of northern New Mexico. This book is scholarship at its best, which is to say that justice is served at last." -- Stanley Crawford, author of
Mayordomo.

Original published by UNM Press, 1994, first edition out of print.

About the Author: Malcolm Ebright is a lawyer and historian living in Guadalupita, New Mexico where he directs the Center for Land Grant Studies. He has been studying land grant history and working with traditional communities in northern New Mexico for 25 years. Ebright has written numerous books and articles on the history of New Mexico land grants. In addition, until last year he maintained a active legal practice concentrating on land and water litigation. According to William deBuys, author of River of Traps and Enchantment and Exploitation, "Malcolm Ebright, quite simply, is the finest land grants scholar we've ever had."

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