CU-Boulder professors edit new history of the state

By Staff

Traditional accounts of Colorado's history often reflect an Anglocentric perspective that begins with the 1859 Pikes Peak gold rush and Colorado's establishment as a state in 1876. But a new book, edited by several University of Colorado Boulder professors, expands the study of Colorado's past and present by adopting a borderlands perspective that emphasizes the multiplicity of peoples who have inhabited this region.

The book was edited by Arturo Aldama, associate chair and associate professor of ethnic studies and Elisa Facio, Daryl Maeda andReiland Rabaka, also associate professors of ethnic studies.

"Enduring Legacies, Ethnic Histories and Cultures of Colorado" addresses the dearth of scholarship on the varied communities within the state, a zone in which collisions structured by forces of race, nation, class, gender, and sexuality inevitably lead to the transformation of cultures and the emergence of new identities.

This volume is the first to bring together comparative scholarship on historical and contemporary issues that span groups from Chicanas and Chicanos to African Americans to Asian Americans.