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Book Reviews — “Chasing the Santa Fe Ring”

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Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 10:17 pm, Thu May 15, 2014.

Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico by David L. Caffey, University of New Mexico Press, 320 pages

The heyday of the notorious Santa Fe Ring, a cadre of prominent citizens who cooperated in enriching themselves at the public’s expense, began at the conclusion of the Civil War in 1865 and extended through 1885. The subject has been much written about by historians, including New Mexico land-grant authority Victor Westphall and Yale professor Howard R. Lamar. Yet until now, no one has given us an in-depth treatment of the Ringites and their shadowy doings.

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