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Melzer, Richard

Overview
Works: 38 works in 63 publications in 1 language and 1,179 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Pictorial works  Anecdotes  Biography‡vAnecdotes  Local history  Genealogy  Biographies  Biography‡vPictorial works  Illustrated works 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: F796, 978.9
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Most widely held works by Richard Melzer
Coming of age in the Great Depression : the Civilian Conservation Corps experience in New Mexico, 1933-1942 by Richard Melzer( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the depths of the Great Depression, one of the bright spots in Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal was the Civilian Conservation Corps. For 3,000,000 young men across the United States it was the difference between starvation and survival; it was an opportunity to help their families financially; it was the means of learning skills, trades, and obtaining an education; it was a coming of age where they became mature, disciplined and productive citizens. The CCC camps in New Mexico provided over 50,000 young men from the state and across the nation with these valuable opportunities. The men were not only beneficiaries. The New Mexico State Parks system became a reality because the CCC work on park sites. Flood control in the form of dams and conservation projects aided communities, farmers, and ranchers. Many of the camps worked at National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service locations. The CCC conservation and construction projects were so well built that many are still used today. Their unique style of Southwestern furniture makes those pieces collector items. There was no intention to make the CCC a para-military unit, and strong measures were taken to ensure this did not happen. Ironically, the advent of World War II was the demise of the CCC camps when former CCC enrollees were avidly sought by Army recruiters because they were well disciplined and had skills useful to America's war-time army. Told in the words of former enrollees, Coming of Age in the Great Depression is a fresh, positive look at an otherwise dark period in our history -- Book jacket
When we were young in the West : true stories of childhood( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents biographical sketches of New Mexican children from different cultures, races, and classes who represent the strength and diversity of this state's heritage
Madrid revisited : life and labor in a New Mexican mining camp in the years of the Great Depression by Richard Melzer( Book )

4 editions published between 1976 and 1984 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ernie Pyle in the American Southwest by Richard Melzer( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Breakdown : how the secret of the atomic bomb was stolen during World War II by Richard Melzer( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The enormous effort called the Manhattan Project that produced the world's first atomic bomb was supposed to be the best kept secret of World War II. And the Project's Los Alamos, New Mexico site where the bomb was perfected was supposed to have the tightest security of the project's other 37 installations across the United States. Even the vice president, Harry S. Truman, was kept in the dark initially until fate propelled him into the fray. But this was an illusion. Evidence from Soviet and American sources have proven that at least three-and as many as six-Communist spies penetrated the security system at Los Alamos and shared the secret of the atomic bomb with the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union before the end of World War II. Historian Richard Melzer now sheds new light on how security at Los Alamos broke down, not by examining this isolated site in New Mexico from the outside as many other authors have, but from within Los Alamos itself. Using interviews, memoirs, and formerly confidential files Melzer shows that spies quite easily obtained security clearances, gained access to top secret information, and carried this information to their Soviet contacts without a hitch. What Melzer tells us about the flaws of security in the past might well help those in charge of security today as the United States grapples with these problems in the aftermath of the Chinese espionage scandal that rocked Los Alamos and the American intelligence
Fred Harvey Houses of the Southwest by Richard Melzer( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New Mexico : a celebration of the Land of Enchantment by Richard Melzer( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In celebration of New Mexico's history and landscape. In celebration of New Mexico’s statehood centenial, Richard Melzer focuses on the various social and political elements that have made the Land of Enchantment what it is today. Filled with images that document the past hundred years, New Mexico is a photographic delight accompanied by brief insightful essays that leave the reader in no doubt of a history that is both imposing and exciting in its scope. This book is also an official product of the state’s centennial celebration
Buried treasures : famous and unusual gravesites in New Mexico history by Richard Melzer( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of New Mexico since statehood by Richard Melzer( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the first time, there is now a textbook that addresses state standards for the teaching of New Mexico history at the high school level. In this thoughtful work, the authors delineate New Mexico's role in the shaping of the United States by carefully analyzing how the rich histories of the many cultures of the region affected and in turn were affected by influxes of newcomers seeking health benefits, minerals, farms, relaxation, and new beginnings
Sunshine and shadows in New Mexico's past( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sanatoriums of New Mexico by Richard Melzer( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tuberculosis, also known as consumption, the White Plague, or simply TB, was the number-one killer in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many physicians of the era advised their patients to chase the cure for tuberculosis in the Southwest, where the regions clean, dry, fresh air, high altitude, and sunshine offered relief for most and recovery for some. New Mexico, called the well country, was particularly eager to promote itself as a mecca for lungers with the coming of the railroad to the territory in 1880 and the creation of many new hospitals, known as sanitariums or sanatoriums (sans), which specialized in the treatment of TB. This is a brief history of New Mexico sans, their patients, and the doctors, nurses, and staff who served them during the golden age of the TB industry, from the turn of the 20th century to the eve of World War II
Legendary locals of Albuquerque, New Mexico by Richard Melzer( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanish settlers founded Albuquerque in 1706, making it the third of only four villas (towns) in colonial New Mexico. Located in the Rio Abajo along a wide turn on the Rio Grande, the settlement developed from a small farming community into New Mexico's largest, most modern city. Many notable men and women participated in this remarkable growth, lending their talents and sacrificing their time, energy, and sometimes their very lives. Dozens of these legendary figures are portrayed in this unique book, with chapters devoted to those who played important roles in politics and diplomacy; the military; law and order; religion and education; art and literature; culture and entertainment; business and tourism; health, science, technology, and space; and sports. A final chapter describes several of Albuquerque's sung and unsung heroes. The result is a collage of a Western city filled with diversity, tradition, and cultural pride
The Jewish legacy in New Mexico history( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Murder, mystery and mayhem in the Rio Abajo by Richard Melzer( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These are but a few of the incidents of murder, mystery, and mayhem that make the Rio Abajo such a treasure trove of intriguing history for local residents and historians alike. This volume is an attempt to preserve some of the most interesting of these many cases of murder, mystery, and mayhem - ranging from heinous murders to bold train robberies
Dwight Morrow's role in the Mexican Revolution : good neighbor or meddling Yankee? by Richard Melzer( )

6 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Valencia County, New Mexico : history through the photographer's lens by Margaret Espinosa McDonald( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Catholics along the Rio Grande by John Taylor( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1540, Francisco Coronado led a band of soldiers, treasure-seekers, and Franciscan priests and friars into New Mexico, changing the lives of the Native Americans forever. In 1680, less than 100 years after the first Spanish colony imposed disease, serfdom, and zealous religious oversight on the indigenous peoples, the Pueblos rose up, forcing the Spaniards out. The uprising, known as the Pueblo Revolt, lasted for 12 years, but Catholic influence was reinvigorated following the 1692 Diego De Vargas reconquest. Over the next century, the Franciscans were gradually relegated to outlying pueblos while diocesan priests from Mexico and later from France and the United States dominated the Church's expansion in the Rio Grande Valley. Today Catholicism remains strong and vibrant in New Mexico, learning the lessons and building on the foundations from the past 500 years
Historical sketches of New Mexico : from the earliest records to the American occupation by L. Bradford Prince( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A river runs through us : true tales of the Rio Abajo( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Rio Grande Valley south of Albuquerque, commonly referred to as the Rio Abajo, is a treasure trove of legends, stories, and characters. In 'Murder, Mystery and Mayhem, ' the first volume of this series, the readers were introduced to characters such as Bronco Bill Walters, Solomon Luna, and Jose Francisco Chavez. Readers joined in the chase for the Abo Canyon Gang, recoiled at the stories of airplane crashes, and anguished over the unsolved kidnapping of Tara Calico. This volume, the second in the series, takes the reader on another 33 adventures in the Rio Abajo. You will meet a priest who served the same parish for 55 years, a movie star who never forgot her Valencia County roots, and a boxer known as 'The Golden Boy.' You will learn about the crosses atop Tome Hill and will meet the 'muerto' of the notorious 'Jornado del Muerto.' You will experience the terror of the Pueblo Revolt, experience captivity at the hands of Hezbollah terrorist, and understand why Daniel Fernandez was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. So, come and join us as we follow the Rio Grande through lives and events in another journey through the Rio Abajo"--Provided by publisher
Heroes of the Rio Abajo : stories of the brave men and women in Valencia County history( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Coming of age in the Great Depression : the Civilian Conservation Corps experience in New Mexico, 1933-1942
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When we were young in the West : true stories of childhoodErnie Pyle in the American SouthwestBreakdown : how the secret of the atomic bomb was stolen during World War IIFred Harvey Houses of the SouthwestNew Mexico : a celebration of the Land of EnchantmentBuried treasures : famous and unusual gravesites in New Mexico historyA history of New Mexico since statehoodSunshine and shadows in New Mexico's pastHistorical sketches of New Mexico : from the earliest records to the American occupation
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