Grateful acknowledgment is made to John Geffroy, William Harrison, and Maria Vincent, who ably assisted in the research for this book; to the many officials and citizens of the state of New Mexico who gave of their time and shared their knowledge and memories with me; and to my colleagues and students in social science who read and criticized various sections of the manuscript in its early stages and discussed untiringly many of the issues presented. Dr. Bert Zippel gave special assistance with statistical analyses and the construction of the tables in Chapter VII. I owe the development of the ideas in this book to the stimulation received through my association with all of these individuals.
The photographs were selected from the extensive and impressive collection of Professor Albert W. Vogel of the University of New Mexico, to whom grateful acknowledgment is made.
The original version of this book was prepared for the Mexican- American Study Project of the University of California, Los Angeles, of which Professor Leo Grebler is the director. I wish to express my gratitude to Professor Grebler for his guidance and encouragement.
Nancie González Albuquerque, New Mexico