Public History Thesis

Can the American home and workplace become sensible, inclusive, and clearly accessible to human beings without recourse from bad credit, zombie debt, and the historical threat of cyclical individual and familia poverty?

How do individuals, small groups, and municipal organizations collectively apply ethical methods and means to synthesize public health resource; to creatively expand legibility and self awareness campaigns of quality available services; and, to thereby increase access to localized healthcare for everyone in the community?

Can sustainable living arrangements between individual citizens and the city, county, and state support system address New Mexico’s current and future needs?

If so, how? If not, why not?


Plainly, will adnaseum nationalistic and quasi-democratic principles be exposed for the false storybook narrative that Americans must clarify and contend with politically and personally in order to learn the truth about historic social services in America?

In conjunction with the importance of self-care, vital mental health corridors of crisis intervention, and resources for domestic violence and unemployment –– can individual cities in New Mexico overcome the historical distinction of the fiftieth poorest state?

Can New Mexicans feed, clothe, and house those experiencing poverty, homelessness, and hunger in both rural and urban environments?


The American workplace, with the home as nearby as possible, cries out for reasonable and sustainable functions of livability; clear and commonplace human-systems understanding; and more easily accessed safety corridors of healthcare services, longterm housing assistance programs, and beneficial employer relationships with the labor forces who have worked, and continue to work each day, to maintain prosperity. 


Are community gardens available to each home-owner or renter?

Can homes be constructed with communal labor and supplies?

Does drug and alcohol addiction prevent someone from a home without proper case worker intervention?

How does mental health and wellbeing play a role in attaining sufficient workforce income to pay for a home or a monthly rent payment which includes utilities?

What is the purpose of ownership in the community if not to sustain the people?

Does ownership provide access to public health, or it really just a stigmatized status symbol — like the perception of the costumed homeward bound Hobo — and quite aside today’s problem between the haves-not and the haves-everything?


However temporary or profitable, over inflated property rent is a form of indentured servitude. Land and property tenor is certainly important; although, ownership of personal property risks misconstrued accountability held between tenants, landlords, and city services.

Is homelessness dependent on the circumstances of the individuals and their families, or due in part to the conditions of the state?

Finally, what are the causes and symptoms of poverty, homelessness, and hunger in New Mexico — and does the current network of state social services provide for the needs of both rural and urban New Mexicans?


Public History at New Mexico State University: Poverty, Homelessness, and Hunger in the New Mexico Borderlands. Email Phone (505) 715-8779

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