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Three Roads to Magdalena.

By: Adams, David Wallace.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: University Press of Kansas, 2016Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0700622551; 9780700622559.Subject(s): Interviews -- New Mexico -- Magdalena | Intercultural communication -- New Mexico -- Magdalena -- History | Coming of age -- New Mexico -- Magdalena -- History | School children -- New Mexico -- Magdalena -- History | Navajo Indians -- New Mexico -- Magdalena -- Social life and customs | Whites -- New Mexico -- Magdalena -- Social life and customs | Hispanic Americans -- New Mexico -- Magdalena -- Social life and customs | Cultural pluralism -- New Mexico -- Magdalena -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 305.8009789/62 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Part I. Cultures and Their Scripts -- Family and Religion -- Work and Play -- Pleasures and Transitions -- Part II. Boundaries and Border Crossings -- Points of Contact -- Anglos and Hispanics at School -- The Alamo Navajos at School -- Part III. Pasts and Promises -- Together and Apart -- Legacies and Departures -- Afterword.
Summary: "'Someday, ' Candelaria Garcia said to the author, 'you will get all the stories.' It was a tall order, in Magdalena, New Mexico, a once booming frontier town where Navajo, Anglo, and Hispanic people have lived in shifting, sometimes separate, sometimes overlapping worlds for well over a hundred years. But these were the stories, and this was the world, that David Wallace Adams set out to map, in a work that would capture the intimate, complex history of growing up in a Southwest borderland. At the intersection of memory, myth, and history, his book asks what it was like to be a child in a land of ethnic and cultural boundaries. The answer, as close to 'all the stories' as one might hope to get, captures the diverse, ever-changing experience of a Southwest community defined by cultural borders--and the nature and role of children in defending and crossing those borders. In this book, we listen to the voices of elders who knew Magdalena nearly a century ago, and the voices of a younger generation who negotiated the community's shifting boundaries. Their stories take us to sheep and cattle ranches, Navajo ceremonies, Hispanic fiestas, mining camps, First Communion classes, ranch house dances, Indian boarding school drill fields, high school social activities, and children's rodeos. Here we learn how class, religion, language, and race influenced the creation of distinct identities and ethnic boundaries, but also provided opportunities for cross-cultural interactions and intimacies. And we see the critical importance of education, in both reinforcing differences and opening a shared space for those differences to be experienced and bridged. In this, Adams's work offers a close-up view of the transformation of one multicultural community, but also of the transformation of childhood itself over the course of the twentieth century. A unique blend of oral, social, and childhood history, Three Roads to Magdalena is a rare living document of conflict and accommodation across ethnic boundaries in our ever-evolving multicultural society "-- Provided by publisher.Scope and content: "In Three Roads to Magdalena, his long-awaited second book, David Wallace Adams brings together borderlands history with the history of children to tell a story about the realities of life in a multi-cultural space. Focusing on the childhood experiences of three groups--Anglo, Hispanic, and Navajo--Adams examines how class, religion, language, race, and education influenced the creation of distinct identities and racial boundaries in tiny, remote Magdalena, New Mexico, but also provided opportunities for cross-cultural interactions and intimacies. Adams particularly emphasizes the role of education here: school is one of the core features and institutions of a child's life, and in Magdalena it became one of the main arenas for cross-cultural interaction"-- Provided by publisher.
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Part I. Cultures and Their Scripts -- Family and Religion -- Work and Play -- Pleasures and Transitions -- Part II. Boundaries and Border Crossings -- Points of Contact -- Anglos and Hispanics at School -- The Alamo Navajos at School -- Part III. Pasts and Promises -- Together and Apart -- Legacies and Departures -- Afterword.

"'Someday, ' Candelaria Garcia said to the author, 'you will get all the stories.' It was a tall order, in Magdalena, New Mexico, a once booming frontier town where Navajo, Anglo, and Hispanic people have lived in shifting, sometimes separate, sometimes overlapping worlds for well over a hundred years. But these were the stories, and this was the world, that David Wallace Adams set out to map, in a work that would capture the intimate, complex history of growing up in a Southwest borderland. At the intersection of memory, myth, and history, his book asks what it was like to be a child in a land of ethnic and cultural boundaries. The answer, as close to 'all the stories' as one might hope to get, captures the diverse, ever-changing experience of a Southwest community defined by cultural borders--and the nature and role of children in defending and crossing those borders. In this book, we listen to the voices of elders who knew Magdalena nearly a century ago, and the voices of a younger generation who negotiated the community's shifting boundaries. Their stories take us to sheep and cattle ranches, Navajo ceremonies, Hispanic fiestas, mining camps, First Communion classes, ranch house dances, Indian boarding school drill fields, high school social activities, and children's rodeos. Here we learn how class, religion, language, and race influenced the creation of distinct identities and ethnic boundaries, but also provided opportunities for cross-cultural interactions and intimacies. And we see the critical importance of education, in both reinforcing differences and opening a shared space for those differences to be experienced and bridged. In this, Adams's work offers a close-up view of the transformation of one multicultural community, but also of the transformation of childhood itself over the course of the twentieth century. A unique blend of oral, social, and childhood history, Three Roads to Magdalena is a rare living document of conflict and accommodation across ethnic boundaries in our ever-evolving multicultural society "-- Provided by publisher.

"In Three Roads to Magdalena, his long-awaited second book, David Wallace Adams brings together borderlands history with the history of children to tell a story about the realities of life in a multi-cultural space. Focusing on the childhood experiences of three groups--Anglo, Hispanic, and Navajo--Adams examines how class, religion, language, race, and education influenced the creation of distinct identities and racial boundaries in tiny, remote Magdalena, New Mexico, but also provided opportunities for cross-cultural interactions and intimacies. Adams particularly emphasizes the role of education here: school is one of the core features and institutions of a child's life, and in Magdalena it became one of the main arenas for cross-cultural interaction"-- Provided by publisher.

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No short review of Adams's magisterial book could possibly do it justice. Deploying borderlands history as an analytical framework, Adams (emer., Cleveland State Univ.), whose previous work focuses on Indian boarding schools, examines the town of Magdalena, New Mexico, from 1890 to 1990 by reconstructing coming-of-age stories for Magdalena's ethnic Mexican, Anglo, and Alamo Navajo children. In part one, Adams separates the three groups through cultural analyses of family, religion, work, play, and daily life, much like the relative cultural separateness that different groups experienced at points of contact in the 19th-century borderlands. Chapters 4-6 examine children from each culture who crossed cultural borders, clashing and coming together mainly in area schools. The full promise of borderlands history comes to bear in part three. Here, Adams examines children in the region's modern period along with the messiness and promise of crossing cultures through mechanisms like dating and high school sports. Although Adams is clearly a talented practitioner of borderlands history, his book's true power lies in his exceptionally clear prose and command of narrative history. Reading like a fine novel, Adams's history of children, families, and growing up in a rural borderland reads with a compassion that is rare among the heap of detached scholarly of works. This book is a treasure. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. --Timothy Paul Bowman, West Texas A&M University

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