Translating Property: The Maxwell Land Grant and the Conflict over Land in the American West, 1840-1900

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""Translating Property is a very important and timely contribution to the historiography of the American West. It is a splendid study of the role of U.S. courts in consolidating colonialism, explicated through highly textured and nuanced narrative, and supported by reams of fastidious historical research. Translating Property is one of the finest examples of historical prose I have read, extending our understanding of the racial and gender aspects of law. This is the historian's craft at its best."--Ramon Gutierrez, author of "When Jesus Came the Corn Mothers Went Away

""Translating Property is a unique and important contribution to the history of the American West and to Chicano History, both in situating the land grant and its people in the context of the rise of global capitalism and European imperialism, and in recognizing the complexity and multiplicity of ethnic and racial divisions and unities"--Sarah Deutsch, author of "Women and the City: Gender, Space and Power in Boston (1870-1940) and "No Separate Refuge: Culture, Class and Gender on an Anglo-Hispanic Frontier in the American Southwest (1880-1940)