The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 90, July 1986 - April, 1987 Page: 322
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
even a single state can be richly mined for topics and source material.
Collectively, the contributors cover more than 400 years of the female
experience in New Mexico. Beginning with sixteenth-century Pueblo
women, the essays span such subjects as the role of women in Hispanic
colonization, Anglo-Hispanic marriages in the nineteenth century,
women as farmers and ranchers, home demonstration, the suffrage
fight, and the recently concluded campaign for community-property
rights. All have abundant primary documentation. Appendices survey
the prehistory of native American women and discuss sources and
methodology for the study of New Mexico women.
The contributors, whose fields include history, American studies,
and anthropology, draw on the methodology of half a dozen disciplines
in order to illuminate the contributions made by women of New Mex-
ico's three predominant ethnic groups-native Americans, Hispanics,
and Anglos-to the state's history, politics, social structure, and econ-
omy. Several essays explore various aspects of this cultural pluralism
and its effect on the expansion and contraction over time of women's
roles and rights. Pueblo women modified traditional tasks to use the
foods, domestic animals, and tools introduced by Hispanic settlers, who
subsequently borrowed from the native Americans the concept that
building and plastering were acceptable activities for women. In turn,
Anglo conquerors in 1846 brought with them American civil law, cur-
tailing property and testamentary rights guaranteed married women
under Spanish and Mexican law. Not until middle-class reformers
mounted a legislative lobbying campaign in the twentieth-century did
married women regain substantial community property rights.
One could wish for as much diversity in authorship as in subject
matter: contributions by the editors account for slightly more than half
of the total. Five of the thirteen essays have also been published previ-
ously, four of them in the New Mexico Historical Quarterly. It is encourag-
ing to note that three of the contributors are doctoral candidates; the
interest of young scholars, combined with the abundance of barely
explored primary sources, should produce more such volumes in the
University of Texas at Austin JUDITH N. MCARTHUR
Lyndon Johnson's Dual War: Vietnam and the Press. By Kathleen J. Turner.
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985. Pp. ix+358. Preface,
introduction, epilogue, notes, bibliography, index. $25-)
Kathleen J. Turner promises to analyze "ways in whichJohnson's rela-
tionship with the media influenced his communication regarding Viet-
nam," along with "general issues of rhetoric of a limited war and the
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