Californio Voices: The Oral Memoirs of Jose Maria Amador and Lorenzo Asisara

Californio Voices: The Oral Memoirs of Jose Maria Amador and Lorenzo Asisara

by Gregorio Mora-Torres, Lorenzo Asisara
     
 
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

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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

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“Amador, a true product of the frontier in that he was the son of a Presidio soldier and himself served as a Presidio soldier, provides a lively recounting of his life and that of his extended family, full of revealing details that are valuable in reconstructing the ethnography and language of the time. . . . This extremely rich text is more than a welcome addition to the stock of testimonials for the history of California.”—The Americas

“The Amador/Asisara interview is the only document we have which contains the reminiscences of a Californio and of an indigenous Californian side by side. . . . Mora-Torres’s excellent volume should become an indispensable source for all interested in the Mexican period of California history.”—Journal of San Diego History

“This book presents a very convincing and interesting narrative about Mexican California. Its frankness and honesty are refreshing.”—Richard Griswold del Castillo, San Diego State University

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574411911
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Series:
Al Filo: Mexican American Studies Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet 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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