UNITED STATES In 1904, Catholic nuns in New York sent 40 Irish children on an "orphan train" to a small Arizona mining town, where they would be cared for by Catholic families—Mexican Catholic families. I waited for details of the trial(s) or of the children and what happened to them after taken and placed in the white families and was disappointed, which was the "theme" throughout the book. A dry pedantic recitation in paragraph form of every minute detail unearthed in research about two small copper mining towns in Arizona in the early 1900s. The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction book. The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction. | This book hooked me from the beginning but then just simply lost me. | ; The identities of each group of players involved in this minor-event-turned-supreme-court-case help Gordon successfully explore implications of class, gender, and race in early southwest US 20th century. Understandably! It is a history of the mining town and the racism of whites towards Mexicans. Having picked it up to read about a dramatic moment history, I was somewhat disappointed to be reading more of a general history. Gordon began with great raw material: a gripping tale that sounds more like the plot of a TV mini-series than the subject of a university press book. However, it is much more than that. BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR I waited for details of the trial(s) or of the children and what happened to them after taken and pla. This was the book that probably drew the most criticism from the grad students in HST 301, given that Gordon offers some conjectures about the thoughts and feelings of some of her subjects, but it's not obvious that she really has the evidence to back that up. Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. What ensued was a custody battle that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The class was divided fairly evenly among those who liked the structure of the book, those who liked the story but not the contextual chapters, and those who liked the contextual chapters but thought the story was irrelevant. In New York City the children were considered non, This is an account of the attempt of the Catholic Foundling Home in New York City to place some Irish orphans with Mexican parents in a mining community in Arizona. In 1904 a young Catholic priest from France serving a parish in a copper mining camp in the mountains of Arizona helped the New York Foundling Hospital arrange for placements of Irish American orphans in his parish. This book will tell you about the expedition that led a Catholic agency in NYC to ship 40 Irish orphans to this small slice of AZ to be adopted by Mexican families in that area. If you're looking an interesting presentation of the social history of that time, this would be a delight. When the children arrived, the Anglo townsfolk were outraged by the idea that 40 white boys and girls were going to be placed with non-white families. Really? This book brings out shocking race prejudice of that place and time. Did they grow up to be axe murderers because they had severe bonding issues? All Rights Reserved. April 2nd 2001 Magazine Subscribers (How to Find Your Reader Number). | His parish was almost exclusively Mexican. Compelling and fascinating. Yes, again! | A trial followed, and the Arizona Territorial Supreme Court found in favor of the Anglos. by Harvard University Press. GENERAL HISTORY, by “I am marked by old codes, which shielded me in one world and then chained me in the next.” Coates grew up in the tough neighborhood of West Baltimore, beaten into obedience by his father. While the title suggest that the books focus in the Arizona Orphan Abduction, the abduction serves more as a rational for a look at the social, labor, race and feminist history of the mining towns of the soutwest. Less focus on what happened during and after, more on how and why events unfolded that way in that specific time and place. RELEASE DATE: July 8, 2015. Linda Gordon uses the story of the abduction of forty white orphans originally promised to Mexican Catholic families in the border communities of Southeastern Arizona to explore issues of race, gender, and vigilantism. While the title suggest that the books focus in the Arizona Orphan Abduction, the abduction serves more as a rational for a look at the social, labor, race and feminist history of the mining towns of the soutwest. Academic historians may enjoy this book, but I pity the students who find this title on their “Required Reading” list. Oh yes! The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction tells this disturbing and dramatic tale to illuminate the creation of racial boundaries along the Mexican border. HISTORY, by But Gordon has gone beyond that scanty written record, mainly from the court proceedings, to explore the motives of the Mexican and Anglo women… Gordon’s achievement is that she so effectively and fair-mindedly delved into the site and unearthed this appalling and poignant story.”—Michael Kenney, The Boston Globe, “This is an unusual and interesting work of history, whose chief strength lies in the way it lovingly recreates the spirit of a particular Arizona community and, through its insistence on micro-historical detail, gives the reader a clear sense of how racial assumptions and antagonisms operated within everyday life.”—Paul Giles, The Times Literary Supplement, “Linda Gordon has written an astonishing book… This is not just a story about orphan children: it is a story of America at a time of transition, when the railroads were opening up the land and men went west from the cities of the eastern seaboard to seek their fortune. Should we be embarrassed and feel guilty, especially through the current perspectives? This was a great read. You want. In some ways the children as well as the Mexicans get lost in this story. The Cat. Dorothy Sue Cobble Definitely a. There are strains of religion in this book as well since the criteria for the sisters of the order were good catholic homes. Racial walls hardened as the mines became big business and whiteness became a marker of superiority. Flashcards. The other part of American history I learned more about in this book than in most classroom history book is the tragic depth and complexity of the long-standing animosity between Americans and Mexicans. Gordon (History/Univ. Yes, the author researched her subject thoroughly, but there were aspects of this situation that I felt were presented in the wrong light. GENERAL BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Linda Gordon HOLOCAUST Read 52 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Gordon puts the incident in the context of turn-of-the-century industrialization and changing racial definitions that reclassified ethnic groups, such as the Irish as whites. HISTORY I was fascinated with the Arizona history. Although focused on one location and one event at one time, it gave me insights that could be broadly applied to the current attitudes about "others" in the U.S. Read it. Gordon has rendered a well-researched analysis of the social and racial factors that aroused passions enough to send posses to ‘rescue’ the children and that nearly lead to the lynching of a priest.
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