Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, (1969). First edition. Hardcover. xii, 285 pp., illustrated; octavo, brown cloth, dustjacket. Near fine in very good, lightly edgeworn price-clipped jacket. Item #22038
Full account of the raid on the courthouse at Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico by the Alianza Federal de Mercedes led by Reies Lopez Tijerina. This New Mexico-based militant Chicano movement sought justice for descendants of the original Spanish colonists in the region. The Alianza claimed that Spanish and Mexican land titles ostensibly guaranteed under the terms of the 1848 Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo were dishonored. The purpose of the raid was to capture and put on trial the county District Attorney - who was then out of town. State governor David Cargo sent in the National Guard. A pivotal event in the Chicano civil rights movement.