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October 21, 2020
Slavery in the Southwest: Genizaro Identity, Dignity and the Law

Please join the Santa Fe Public Library presenting Moises Gonzales & Robert William Piatt, Jr. for their lecture “Slavery in the Southwest: Genizaro Identity, Dignity and the Law” on Monday, November 2nd at 6 p.m. on Zoom.

Online Author Talk and Discussion

November 2nd, 6:00 p.m.

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Robert William Piatt, Jr. is a professor of law at St. Mary's University Law School.

Moises Gonzales is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico.

A brutal reality in the American Southwest is that Indians were captured by the Spanish or by other Indians and were kept or sold as slaves. Descendants of these captives, known as "Genizaros," still struggle against their loss of tribal identity, while attempting to maintain their culture and dignity. For the first time, this book frames legal approaches, based upon domestic and international law, to alleviate the badges of servitude which still exist for these Indigenous people. The book includes important historical and cultural contexts as the framework for the legal analyses it presents.


Thank you,

Adam Reilly

Circulation Section Manager, Main Library

Santa Fe Public Library

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