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The Writings of Eusebio Chacón

Edited by A. Gabriel MeléndezFrancisco A. Lomeli
Translated by A. Gabriel MeléndezFrancisco A. Lomeli



Eusebio Chacón, born in Peñasco, New Mexico, is arguably one of the most significant and most overlooked figures in New Mexico's cultural heritage. He earned a law degree from Notre Dame and returned to practice law in Trinidad, Colorado. He served as a district attorney for Las Animas County, Colorado, and as a translator for the U.S. Court of Private Land Claims. In 1898, he began to write and edit for El Progreso, in which many of his articles exposed the unjust treatment of Hispanics in Colorado and New Mexico. He was also New Mexico's first novelist, and took pride in his pioneering efforts to establish a Nuevomexicano literary tradition.

This collection of Chacón's writings brings together all published and written materials found, displaying his versatility with samples of his work as an accomplished orator, translator, essayist, historian, novelist, and poet.

Part of the Pasó por Aquí Series on the Nuevomexicano Literary Heritage

Contributor Bios
A. Gabriel Meléndez is professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. Among his earlier books are So All Is Not Lost: The Poetics of Print in Nuevomexicano Communities, 1834–1958 (UNM Press) and The Biography of Casimiro Barela (UNM Press). He is one of the general series editors for the Pasó por Aquí series.
Francisco A. Lomelí is professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Among his earlier books are Defying the Inquisition in Colonial New Mexico, coedited with Clark Colahan (UNM Press), and Aztlán: Essays on the Chicano Homeland, coedited with Rudolfo Anaya (UNM Press).