Shelton offers a persuasive argument for the centrality of family and community in the liberal state-building process in early republican Mexico. Her use of legal records—criminal suits, civil cases, and the like—allows us to understand the complex nature of the transition from colony to liberal republic.
An intriguing look at what the legal records reveal about various aspects of Sonoran life during the early republic period.
A key contribution of this volume is the use of court cases involving non-elites to show how elites shaped republican institutions and definitions of citizenship. The research is truly original.
—Susan M. Deeds, co-author of The Course of Mexican History
A richly nuanced examination of the intersection of family life and shifting legal structures in the north of New Spain and Mexico.
—Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, editor of Latino America: A State-by-State Encyclopedia