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Moisés Gonzáles
Genizaros in northern New Mexico

We often associate slavery with the American South. But it was actually common in many places in our history, including New Mexico. Native Americans who were captives and raised in Hispanic families became known as Genizaros. They assimilated into New Mexico society and after being freed they were also given land grants in places like Abiqui, Belen and Carnuel on the frontier between Spanish settlements and Native tribes.

On this episode we speak with  Enrique Lamadrid, distinguished professor emeritus of Spanish at the University of New Mexico, and Moisés Gonzáles, assistant professor of community and regional planning at UNM. They are working on a new book called "Genizaro Nation." It will be released in 2018. A story on NPR explored the history of Genizaros.

We also talk with Matthew Reisen, news editor at the Daily Lobo, about issues the student newspaper is covering.

Megan has been a journalist for 25 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus, Weekend Edition and the Global Music Show. She was then hired as Morning Edition host in 2015, then the All Things Considered host in 2018. Megan was hired as News Director in 2021.
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