Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History. Vol. 1, Indians and Spain. Vol. 2, Mexico and the United States. 2 Vols. in One

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Wesleyan University Press, Oct 1, 1991 - History - 1038 pages
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Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize for History, Great River was hailed as a literary masterpiece and enduring classic when it first appeared in 1954. It is an epic history of four civilizations—Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo-American—that people the Southwest through ten centuries. With the skill of a novelist, the veracity of a scholar, and the love of a long-time resident, Paul Horgan describes the Rio Grande, its role in human history, and the overlapping cultures that have grown up alongside it or entered into conflict over the land it traverses. Now in its fourth revised edition, Great River remains a monumental part of American historical writing.
 

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A must read, if the river has in any way ever shaped your life that you're aware of. Read it anyway if you've lived within 200 miles of it, because if you had, the river and the peoples who have come ... Read full review

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won the Pulitzer Prize...the best book ever written on the history of the Rio Grande River..a must read for all people in the southwest Read full review

Contents

Gazetteer
5
The Indian Ri0 Grande
13
The River of Palms
83
Rivals
89
Upland River
95
The Travellers Tales
100
Destiny and the Future
109
Faith and Bad Faith
113
From Mexicos Point of View
519
Fortunes of New Mexico
541
Politics
544
Defense
545
Church and School
547
Foreigners
549
Revolt Up River
551
The River Republic
559

Facing Battle
119
Battle Piece
124
The Garrison
127
Siege
130
The Eastern Plains
136
Prophecy and Retreat
142
Lords and Victims
147
The River of May
151
Four Enterprises
153
Possession
160
The River Capital
166
Collective Memory
174
Belief
175
The Ocean Masters
177
The King and Father
180
Arts
187
Style and Hunger
190
The Swords
192
Soul and Body
193
1g Duties
195
A Dark Day in Winter
199
The Battle of Acoma
203
Afterthoughts
210
Exchange
211
The Promises 815
215
The Desert Fathers
219
The Two Majesties
238
The Hungry
256
This Miserable Kingdom
268
The Terror
274
Limit of Vision
293
A Way to the Texas
298
The Great Captain
305
Fort St John Baptist
323
Early Towns
328
Colonial Texas
331
Mexico Bay
340
Forgotten Lessons
346
Hacienda and Village
352
Fashion
358
Family and Work
360
Mischance
367
Feast Days
368
Wedding Feast
371
Contents
372
Mortality
374
The Saints
383
Provincials
387
The World Intrudes
390
The Shout
422
The Broken Grasp of Spain
436
Sources for Volume One by chapters
443
Mexico and the United States
449
The Mexican Rio Grande
451
A Colony for Mexico
453
A Wild Strain
460
The Twin Sisters
469
Last Return
473
The Spark
474
The Ariel
481
Slavery
485
Bad Blood
491
The Mexico Trade
495
Tormented Loyalties
505
God and Texas
513
The Santa Fe Pioneers
569
Border Smoke
585
To Mier and Beyond
592
Diplomacies
601
The United States to the River
609
The United States Rio Grande
613
Way You Rio
617
Collective Prophecy
619
Frontier Attitudes
628
Woman and Home
631
Community Expression
635
Language
638
Arts and Utility
642
Light in the Clearing
644
Sons of Harmony
647
Knacks and Crafts
651
First Interpreters
655
The American Art
658
Bivouac
660
The Army of the Rio Grande
662
The Cannonade
668
Fort Texas
673
The Listeners
679
Palo Alto
682
Resaca de la Palma
685
The River Dead
689
The Nations War
692
Invasion Summer
696
Recurrent Frontier
701
Pueblos and Early Settlements 1011
709
The Army of the West
716
The Secret Agent
721
Bloodless Possession
728
The Army of Chihuahua
736
The Free Missourians
742
Brazito and the Pass
747
Counterdance
753
The Avengers
762
Massacre at Taos
764
Chihuahua
768
Trial at Taos
770
All on the Plains of Mexico
774
El Dorado
784
Contraband
788
A Thread of Spirit
793
Boundaries
799
Flag and Lamplight
806
The Rio Grande Divided
819
The Desolate
831
Confederate Border
834
The Second Mexican Empire
839
The Mexico Moon
845
Bad Men and Good
853
The Last Wagons
868
The Last Frontiersman
871
Treasure
887
The Last Earth Secrets
894
Revolution and Reflex
904
Utility and Vision
940
Sources for Volume Two by chapters
949
General B1bliography
957
The Names of the R1o Grande
981
Index
985
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PAUL HORGAN, novelist, historian, biographer, was one of this century s most gifted American authors. He trice won the Pulitzer Prize for History in a literary career spanning six decades. Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1903, he moved with his family in 1915 to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was Professor Emeritus and Author-in-Residence at Wesleyan University until his death in 1995.

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