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Taking on giants : Fabián Chávez, Jr. and New Mexico politics /
David Roybal.
imprint
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2008.
description
xvi, 304 p.
ISBN
0826344364 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780826344366 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2008.
isbn
0826344364 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780826344366 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6404120
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
David Roybal is a political journalist and editorial columnist for the Albuquerque Journal
Summaries
Main Description
Twelve-year-old Fabian Chavez Jr. grabbed a small cardboard suitcase and a few packaged snacks before hitchhiking 1,300 miles across two state lines. His parents in Santa Fe didn't learn of his intentions--or his whereabouts--until he was already midway through his journey to the Hollywood that had captured his imagination. Although his childhood antics suggested he might end up serving time rather than the public, Chavez ultimately dedicated thirty years to a variety of state posts in New Mexico, blazing new trails into civil rights, education, business, government, and politics. Chavez was instrumental in the creation of the University of New Mexico's medical school, pushed legislation that would reform the state's notoriously corrupt liquor laws, and promoted New Mexico tourism. David Roybal's examination of the life and accomplishments of the reform-minded Democrat also explores the broader political history of New Mexico over the last half of the twentieth century. Roybal surveys the back room deals, the trade offs, and the rise of such governors as Bruce King, Jerry Apodaca, and Toney Anaya to create a work that deftly portrays New Mexico's fractious and complicated recent political history.
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This text surveys the back room deals, the trade-offs, and the rise of such governors as Bruce King, Jerry Apodaca, and Toney Anaya to create a work that deftly portrays New Mexico's fractious and complicated political history.
Main Description
Journalist David Roybal explores New Mexico's fractious recent political history through the life of reform-minded former State Senator Fabian Chavez Jr.
Main Description
Twelve-year-old Fabian Chavez Jr. grabbed a small cardboard suitcase and a few packaged snacks before hitchhiking 1,300 miles across two state lines. His parents in Santa Fe didn't learn of his intentions--or his whereabouts--until he was already midway through his journey to the Hollywood that had captured his imagination. Although his childhood antics suggested he might end up serving time rather than the public, Chavez ultimately dedicated thirty years to a variety of state posts in New Mexico, blazing new trails into civil rights, education, business, government, and politics. Chavez was instrumental in the creation of the University of New Mexico's medical school, pushed legislation that would reform the state's notoriously corrupt liquor laws, and promoted New Mexico tourism.David Roybal's examination of the life and accomplishments of the reform-minded Democrat also explores the broader political history of New Mexico over the last half of the twentieth century. Roybal surveys the back room deals, the trade offs, and the rise of such governors as Bruce King, Jerry Apodaca, and Toney Anaya to create a work that deftly portrays New Mexico's fractious and complicated recent political history.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
A Proud Chavez Family Settles in Santa Fep. 1
A Venturesome Boy Rides His Thumb to Californiap. 23
Springer: An Exasperated Father Looks for Reformp. 34
Five Battle Stars: Jumping into World War II at Sixteenp. 44
Turning Friends and Foes into Political Alliesp. 68
Escorting Love through a Reluctant Family and Churchp. 82
Into the Legislature: Producing Victory from Defeatp. 93
Ethnic Tensions and Hara-Kiri among Party Factionsp. 113
Majority Leader on a Strong Presence and One Votep. 134
Reapportionment and Death of a Political Pillarp. 150
Keen Strategy and a Walk Give Birth to a Medical Schoolp. 159
Judicial Reform Springs from Nest of Corrupt JP Systemp. 172
Entrenched Liquor Industry Battles Changep. 186
Bucking Power Brokers in Race for Congressp. 198
The Governor's Office within Grasp, then Desperationp. 212
From Roundhouse to White House, Chavez Shines as Aidep. 246
A Final Stop to Take on Giantsp. 261
Conclusionp. 276
Notesp. 283
Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 296
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