The conditions of New Mexico and its time of annexation to the United States were different from most other territories that had been added. The population was composed almost entirely of Spanish descent and Indians. Their customs and ideas of church and state differed completely from those of the American subjects. The climatic and geographic conditions of the territory caused the living conditions to be entirely different. The problem in this study is to show how these conditions affected the educational development and how many obstacles were overcome in establishing a system of public schools. The legal status of the public schools and the progress made in them are included in the problem.
The purpose of this study was to collect and arrange the most authentic information available on the subject, from both primary and secondary sources. Particular effort was made to arrange this material in such a way that the average reader will find it interesting and valuable.
New Mexico Public Schools, New Mexico Territory, Public School Laws, Indigenous Education, Hispanic Education, Education History
Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education
Level of Degree
Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy
First Committee Member (Chair)
Robert Arthur Moyers
Second Committee Member
John William Diefendorf
Third Committee Member
George Peter Hammond
Mayfield, Thomas J. Jr.. "The Development of the Public Schools in New Mexico Between 1848 and 1900." (1938). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/educ_teelp_etds/148