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New Mexico: Last Refuge of the Not-So-Good, Bad and Ugly

Course number : 19951   ID : 88526    Class Section : FAA-PE
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After the Civil War ended, thousands of Americans were pulled west by what was perceived as “free land.”  Much of that land was already occupied by Indians, large cattle ranches or squatters. Violence erupted over land where there was no law, or where the law was weak and in the pay of cattle barons. Feuds, range wars and political conflicts attracted lawless elements. Some came clothed as British land speculators, while others arrived with guns for hire.  When other Western states such as Arizona, and Colorado expelled their lawless elements, New Mexico became the last refuge for the not-so-good, the bad, and the ugly. Such men found employment in violent conflicts in Colfax County and Lincoln County.  Territorial Governor Lew Wallace tried to impose order during the day while retreating to the Palace of Governors at night to write Ben-Hur. In 1936, Conrad Richter’s Sea of Grass dealt with the range wars in northern New Mexico. Although the Wild West ended in 1895 in other western states, it would take until 1916 to close that door in New Mexico. Join us for a look at the last “wild” state in the West – home to political and economic feuds, range wars, Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, Jesse James, Doc Holiday, 25 cent whiskey, and an outlaw element still present in New Mexico today.

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Mon

CE South Building

Roberta Boggess 



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Registration Closes On
Monday, December 2, 2019 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
12/2/2019 - 12/2/2019 Weekly - Mon 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Albuquerque, CE South Building  Map, Room: 107 Roberta Boggess