The great Arizona orphan abduction / Linda Gordon.

By: Gordon, LindaContributor(s): American Council of Learned SocietiesMaterial type: TextTextSeries: ACLS Humanities E-BookPublisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1999Description: xii, 416 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cmISBN: 0674360419Other title: Arizona orphan abductionSubject(s): Catholic Church -- Arizona -- Clifton -- History -- 20th century | Orphans -- Arizona -- Clifton -- History -- 20th century | Kidnapping -- Arizona -- Clifton -- History -- 20th century | Mexican Americans -- Arizona -- Clifton -- History -- 20th century | Whites -- Arizona -- Clifton -- History -- 20th century | Vigilantes -- Arizona -- Clifton -- History -- 20th century | Clifton (Ariz.) -- Race relationsLOC classification: F819.C55 | 1999Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. In: ACLS Humanities E-BookURL:
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
Fiction notes: Click to open in new window Awards: Click to open in new window
Item type Current location Call number URL Status Date due Barcode
Electronic Book UT Tyler Online
F819.C55 1999 (Browse shelf) Available heb.00072
Browsing UT Tyler Online shelves, Shelving location: Online Close shelf browser
F817.S33 L36 2011 Dry river : F817.Y9 -- .L38 2012eb Last Water on the Devil's Highway : F817.Y9 L38 2012 Last Water on the Devil's Highway : F819.C55 1999 The great Arizona orphan abduction / F819.C55 G673 1999 The great Arizona orphan abduction / F819.P39 H47 2010 Hell on the range : F819.T6 M43 2016 Imagining Tombstone :

Includes bibliographical references (p. [321]-404) and index.

Electronic text and image data. Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan, Scholarly Publishing Office, 2002. Includes both TIFF files and keyword searchable text. ([ACLS Humanities E-Book]) Mode of access: Intranet. This volume is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

Gordon (history, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) builds her book around an incident in 1904, when a group of New York Irish orphans was sent to live with Catholic (and Mexican) families in Arizona. Outraged local Anglos then "rescued" the children at gunpoint. This account of the orphan abduction jostles for space amidst an encyclopedic re-creation of the world of Mexican miners in the American Southwest. The tale is so convoluted that the book even includes a list of characters, and the outcome is, predictably, unhappy. More compelling are the background sections that detail everything from how many pestles were in the miners' kitchens (two) to the racial basis for setting mine wages. Throughout, Gordon discusses the hardening racist system in the Southwest. These painstakingly researched chapters could well stand on their own as a powerful history of the miners' lives and a superior case study of emigrant labor at the turn of the century. Recommended for academic libraries.ÄDuncan Stewart, State Historical Society of Iowa Lib., Iowa City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


In this remarkable history of an obscure event, Gordon skillfully casts light on myriad important subjects. The plot line is simple enough. In 1904, three nuns from the New York Foundling Hospital traveled on an "orphan train" to place 40 Irish foundlings with Mexican families in Clifton-Morerci, Arizona. Angered at this interracial transgression, vigilantes kidnaped the children from their Mexican foster families and distributed them among Anglo families in Clifton. Legal challenges by the New York Foundling Hospital were defeated at every level, including the US Supreme Court, which ruled that the best interests of the children were served by leaving them with the white kidnappers. But the orphan train ride, abduction, and legal proceedings play only a small part in this book. Gordon has done an extraordinary amount of research and has completely contextualized the historical account of the orphan abduction. One finds learned chapters on the history of the Southwest, the copper mining industry, vigilantism, Mexican women, labor relations, and Catholicism. Especially informative are Gordon's lengthy discussions of historical definitions of whiteness and how the orphan abduction was instrumental in destroying the fluidity of race relations. Undergraduates and above. E. W. Carp; Pacific Lutheran University

There are no comments on this title.

to post a comment.