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Californio Voices (05 Edition)by Jose Maria Amador
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In the early 1870s, Hubert H. Bancroft and his assistants set out to record the memoirs of early Californios, one of them being eighty-three-year-old Don José María Amador, a former Forty-Niner” during the California Gold Rush and soldado de cuera at the Presidio of San Francisco. Amador tells of reconnoitering expeditions into the interior of California, where he encountered local indigenous populations. He speaks of political events of Mexican California and the widespread confiscation of the Californios goods, livestock, and properties when the United States took control. A friend from Mission Santa Cruz, Lorenzo Asisara, also describes the harsh life and mistreatment the Indians faced from the priests.
Both the Amador and Asisara narratives were used as sources in Bancrofts writing but never published themselves. Gregorio Mora-Torres has now rescued them from obscurity and presents their voices in English translation (with annotations) and in the original Spanish on facing pages. This bilingual edition will be of great interest to historians of the West, California, and Mexican American studies.
Book News Annotation:
In the early 1870s, historical writer and publisher Hubert Bancroft sent research assistants out to record the memoirs of early Californians. Amador, 83, offered details spanning a lifetime, from his childhood to his labors as a Forty-Niner in the California Gold Rush and dwelling on the major political events of his day. During one interview he invited his friend Asisara, a former neophyte from Mission Santa Cruz, to describe the harsh life and mistreatment that the Indians faced from priests. Bancroft used the narratives as sources for his own writing but never published them. Here they appear in the original Spanish on verso pages, with the English translation on the recto. Contemporary illustrations in b&w provide a nice accent.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
GREGORIO MORA-TORRES received his Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of California at Irvine and teaches in the Department of Mexican American Studies at San Jose State University.
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