New Brunswick , New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, 
Book — vii, 165 pages ; 23 cm.
Counterfeit narratives : the Peralta land grant archives and the forging of the West
Searching for Sofia : race, gender, and authenticity at the 1895 court of private land claims
Southwest speculation : newspaper coverage of the Peralta land grant
Counterfeit nostalgia : William Atherton Dupuy's the Baron of the Colorados (1940)
The Baron is like a battleground : Samuel Fuller's the Baron of Arizona (1950)
Epilogue: Forgetting the Peralta land grant.
In Forging Arizona Anita Huizar-Hernandez looks back at a bizarre nineteenth-century land grant scheme that tests the limits of how ideas about race, citizenship, and national expansion are forged. During the aftermath of the U.S.-Mexico War and the creation of the current border, a con artist named James Addison Reavis falsified archives around the world to pass his wife off as the heiress to an enormous Spanish land grant so that they could claim ownership of a substantial portion of the newly-acquired Southwestern territories. Drawing from a wide variety of sources including court records, newspapers, fiction, and film, Anita Huizar-Hernandez argues that the creation, collapse, and eventual forgetting of Reavis's scam reveal the mechanisms by which narratives, real and imaginary, forge borders. An important addition to extant scholarship on the border U.S Southwest, Forging Arizona recovers a forgotten case that reminds readers that the borders that divide nations, identities, and even true from false are only as stable as the narratives that define them. (source: Nielsen Book Data)