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United People's Party in New Mexico; Elfego Baca 
1890, Issue 5

By the 1890s the economic and political situation of the Californios, the Hispanos, the Mexicans in Arizona and the Tejanos had reached a new low. At the same time, new immigrants were beginning to come from Mexico to the Southwest, many to escape Porfirio Diaz’s dictatorial government. Others came to work in the mines, on crops and on the railroads. The political process in New Mexico had been controlled by the Santa Fe Ring since the 1870s. Hispanos still retained considerable political power, as illustrated by the electoral success of the United People’s Party in San Miguel County in 1890. However, with the secret organization of the “White Caps,” Hispano resistance took a violent form, often as night-time cutting of the barbed wire fences that closed off traditional grazing land.

Topics in this issue:
  • United People’s Party & White Caps
  • New Mexico Statehood
  • Elfego Baca, Courageous New Mexico Sheriff
  • Mexicans migrate to Texas
  • Arizona miners
  • Lucy Gonzalez Parsons, labor organizer
  • Civilization of ancient Mexico

La Cronica

Issue 5