Distinguished Lecturers
Maria E. Montoya

Maria E. Montoya

Maria E. Montoya is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at New York University Shanghai and a Global Network Associate Professor of History at New York University. She is the immediate Past-President of the Western History Association. She was formerly the Director of the Latinx Studies Program at the University of Michigan where she also a member of the History Department and the American Culture Program. She is the author of numerous articles and the book Translating Property: The Maxwell Land Grant and the Conflict Over Land in the American West, 1840–1920 (2002). She is also the lead author of the textbook, Global Americans: A Social and Global History of the United States (2016). She is working on a forthcoming (Oxford University Press) book, A Workplace of Their Own: Miners and Their Families in the Colorado Coal Fields, 1900-1950, which examines company towns and the origins of health insurance for workers in the American West, focusing particularly on the coal-mining communities associated with the Rockefeller Corporation in Colorado.

OAH Lectures by Maria E. Montoya

Although the 13th Amendment and the culmination of the Civil War allowed for formerly enslaved Africans to engage in free labor, the same was not true for thousands of Mexican-Americans and Native Americans in the American West. This lecture looks at the persistence of debt peonage and Indian slavery throughout the nineteenth century.

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