Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico by David L. CaffeyChasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico by David L. Caffey

Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico

byDavid L. Caffey

Paperback | June 15, 2015

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Anyone who has even a casual acquaintance with the history of New Mexico in the nineteenth century has heard of the Santa Fe Ring--seekers of power and wealth in the post-Civil War period famous for public corruption and for dispossessing landholders. Surprisingly, however, scholars have alluded to the Ring but never really described this shadowy entity, which to this day remains a kind of black hole in New Mexico's territorial history. David Caffey looks beyond myth and symbol to explore its history. Who were its supposed members, and what did they do to deserve their unsavory reputation? Were their actions illegal or unethical? What were the roles of leading figures like Stephen B. Elkins and Thomas B. Catron? What was their influence on New Mexico's struggle for statehood? Caffey's book tells the story of the rise and fall of this remarkably durable alliance.

Title:Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New MexicoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2015Publisher:University Of New Mexico PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826319475

ISBN - 13:9780826319470

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"The most comprehensive examination of the Santa Fe Ring to date. Whether or not one agrees with the author's analysis and conclusions, he has succeeded in amassing a vast amount of information and sources that will provide scholars and general readers alike with enough food for thought to last a long time."--Robert Tórrez, former State Historian of New Mexico and author of UFO's Over Galisteo and Other Stories of New Mexico's History