"For God and Revolution: Priest, Peasant, and Agrarian Socialism in the Mexixcan Huasteca" by Mark Saad Saka and "Edumund G. Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist" by Richard A. Ruddy both won awards recognizing their literary work recently. Both are published by University of New Mexico Press. 

Saka's book won the 2014 Harvey L. Johnson Publication Award from the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies (SCOLAS), which recognizes publications about Latin America or U.S. hispanics, while Ruddy's book received the 2014 Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico (HSNM), which recognizes outstanding publications relating to New Mexico or southwest borderlands history.

"For God and Revolution" traces the Huasteco rebellion in northeastern Mexico. During the early 1880's a wave of peasant unrest swept the region, and the account explores the ideological roots of the rebellion to nineteenth-century liberal policies of land privatization and to the growth of a radical anarcho-communist agrarian consciousness.

"Edmund G. Ross" offers the first full-scale biography of this significant abolitionist, journalist, Union officer, and eventually territorial governor of New Mexico. Ruddy is retired from a thirty-year career as an advertising and catalog photographer.

For more information, contact UNM Press publicist Lauren Consuelo Tussing at (505) 277-3291 or by email at laurenconsuelo@unm.edu.