Description - The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction by Linda Gordon
In 1904, New York nuns brought forty Irish orphans to a remote Arizona mining camp, to be placed with Mexican Catholic families. Soon the town's Anglos, furious at this "interracial" transgression, formed a vigilante squad that kidnapped the children and nearly lynched the nuns and the local priest. The Catholic Church sued to get its wards back, but the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, ruled in favor of the vigilantes. Linda Gordon brilliantly recreates and dissects, the tangled intersection of family and racial values, in a gripping story that resonates with today's conflicts over the "best interests of the child."
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(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Harvard University Press
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Author Biography - Linda Gordon
Linda Gordon is Professor of History at New York University. She is the author of the now classic history of birth control in America, Woman's Body, Woman's Right, and of Heroes of Their Own Lives: The Politics and History of Family Violence, winner of the Joan Kelly Prize for the best book in women's history.