Named the 2009 AAUP Best of the Best - Outstanding Book DistinctionThe history of Mexican Americans spans more than five centuries and varies from region to region across the United States. Yet most of our history books devote at most a chapter to Chicano history, with even less attention to the story of Chicanas. 500 Years of Chicana Women’s History offers a powerful antiNamed the 2009 AAUP Best of the Best - Outstanding Book DistinctionThe history of Mexican Americans spans more than five centuries and varies from region to region across the United States. Yet most of our history books devote at most a chapter to Chicano history, with even less attention to the story of Chicanas. 500 Years of Chicana Women’s History offers a powerful antidote to this omission with a vivid, pictorial account of struggle and survival, resilience and achievement, discrimination and identity. The bilingual text, along with hundreds of photos and other images, ranges from female-centered stories of pre-Columbian Mexico to profiles of contemporary social justice activists, labor leaders, youth organizers, artists, and environmentalists, among others. With a distinguished, seventeen-member advisory board, the book presents a remarkable combination of scholarship and youthful appeal. In the section on jobs held by Mexicanas under U.S. rule in the 1800s, for example, readers learn about flamboyant Doña Tules, who owned a popular gambling saloon in Santa Fe, and Eulalia Arrilla de Pérez, a respected curandera (healer) in the San Diego area. Also covered are the “repatriation” campaigns” of the Midwest during the Depression that deported both adults and children, 75 percent of whom were U.S.–born and knew nothing of Mexico. Other stories include those of the garment, laundry, and cannery worker strikes, told from the perspective of Chicanas on the ground.From the women who fought and died in the Mexican Revolution to those marching with their young children today for immigrant rights, every story draws inspiration. Like the editor’s previous book, 500 Years of Chicano History (still in print after 30 years), this thoroughly enriching view of Chicana women’s history promises to become a classic....
|Title||:||500 Years of Chicana Women's History/500 Años de la Mujer Chicana|
|Number of Pages||:||340 Pages|
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500 Years of Chicana Women's History/500 Años de la Mujer Chicana Reviews
This was great, I enjoyed it. It's stunning that this was (still is?) a banned book in some southwest schools of the United States.Their coverage primarily focuses on a history of women participating in progressive, radical and labor causes with a little bit of the arts and mainstream politics included toward the end. It would have been nice to see coverage of women who worked in other areas as well, such as science, philosophy, more of the arts, etc.Most of the biographies are a paragraph or two long. Would love to have seen more depth and context for the people they cover. At the same time there is so much history and so many people covered (hundreds?) that shorter bios are an inevitable trade-off. To balance that out there is an index in the back of material for further reading, so it's a good gateway and introduction.It was also fun to have bilingual text (Spanish and English) side by side. So in addition to being interesting and informative, it can also be practice material for reading in another language.
Cihuatl Tonali making the history books of Xicanas by a Xicana Xingona!
It was very empowering learning of all the Chicanas that made a differences in our lives. These Chicanas fought for freedom, liberty, and justice for all people of Mexican decent. It was really inspiring to learn history of my people and history I can relate to. I recommend this book to all people that want to learn Chicana history.
I love this book so much. I was really drawn to it because it taught me more about my culture. This book taught me so much, I really enjoyed reading this. It taught me that back then the Native Americans and the slaves weren't treated any different. I read this book to learn more about my background and to learn more about my roots. I read this book a month ago, and little did I know I would be reading over and over again because it is just full of information. And each time I read it, the more I learn. I learn new things I didn't learn the previous time reading. Now I really understand what my ancestors had to go through so that I can the education that is available to me now. This book is so powerful to me. Not only does it explain what the Native Americans (Chicanos/Chicanas) had to go through but it shows images on what the protests were like. It taught me about all the treaties that were broken by the Caucasians created. And how the Natives were driven off their land and had to give up their cattle. It also explains how parents would usually have to hide their children because if the Caucasians wanted to own Indian land, they had to have an Indian baby. Which is honestly messed up cause they would literally take the children from their homes. They would also send the children to Catholic school and cut their beautiful long hair an put some white powder on their heads because " they had lice". The Native children were forced to change their original Indian names to catholic names. It was very sad because there was nothing that they could do. If they tried to do something, they would either be put in prison or killed. Which is even more tragic. I can't even imagine not be able to see my family again because they're in jail for trying to protect me. Depending on which version of the book you get, one of them only has about 300 pages, but the one I read had 900-1,000 pages. The movies I have watched that were supposed to portray what life was like for the Native Americans did not really teach me anything, unlike the book. This is the perfect book for you if you want to learn more about Native Americans. Also, it shows how some natives had to leave towards and from Texas because they didn't like Native Americans because they were considered "savages". I personally don't like to be discriminated, or called savages, or people not liking me because I don't believe in the same thing they do. Back then people would assume that Natives were not smart, if they weren't smart, why are the pyramids they built are still standing? I enjoy reading this book not only because of the teachings behind every picture, but because of the knowledge I can learn form it. This book and all the teachings in it are the reason why I love who I am. And why I'm not afraid to say "I'm Native American". I have learned to be grateful for everything because I could still be like it was 500 years ago, when we were not allowed to identify ourselves as Native Americans. Back to when we were forced to identify as Catholic or Cristian. Everything in this book is why I love who I am. I'm VERY proud to say that I'm native American, and that I follow the old way of a tribe that is called the Lakota tribe. I'm not Lakota but, it is a Lakota chief that presented my grandpa, so that is the way that I follow. 500 Years of Chicano History is a very good book.
This is an amazing book by an amazing author.....I was lucky enough to meet her today and hear her speak....Her voice is strong, her passion even stronger....this is a woman who is living history...she has been at and seen so many interesting events that has help shaped the reality of today...and has fought the fight to give us the ability to keep fighting..
We have been systematically erased from history- this book is a refusal of that erasure... an assertion of power and struggle... a treasure to be passed on to the current and future generations
This book was awesome - it serves as a timeline which gives detail information about the Chicana Movement. Good read indeed :)
A Chicano Studies classic.