Crossing the Rio Grande: An Immigrant's Life in the 1880s

Crossing the Rio Grande: An Immigrant's Life in the 1880s

by Luis G. Gomez, Guadalupe Valdez, Thomas H. Kreneck
     
 

ISBN-10: 1585445142

ISBN-13: 9781585445141

Pub. Date: 06/28/2006

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

"Though rarely recorded, the lives of ordinary immigrants from Mexico are an important piece of the history of the American Southwest. Educated and hardworking, Luis G. Gomez came to Texas from Mexico as a young man in the mid-1880s. He made his way around much of South Texas, finding work on the railroad and in other businesses, observing the people and ways of the…  See more details below

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"Though rarely recorded, the lives of ordinary immigrants from Mexico are an important piece of the history of the American Southwest. Educated and hardworking, Luis G. Gomez came to Texas from Mexico as a young man in the mid-1880s. He made his way around much of South Texas, finding work on the railroad and in other businesses, observing the people and ways of the region and committing them to memory for later transcription." "From the moment he crossed the Rio Grande at Matamoros-Brownsville, Gomez sought his fortune in a series of contracting operations that created the infrastructure to help develop the Texas economy - clearing land, cutting wood, building roads, laying track, constructing bridges, and quarrying rock. Gomez describes Mexican customs in the United States, such as courtship and marriage, relations with Anglo employers, religious practices, and simple home gatherings that sustained those Mexican Texans who settled in urban areas like Houston, isolated from predominately Mexican South Texas." "Few of the 150,000 immigrants in the last half of the nineteenth century left written records of their experiences, but Gomez wrote his memoir and had it privately published in Spanish in 1935. Crossing the Rio Grande presents an English edition of that memoir, translated by the author's grandson, Guadalupe Valdez Jr., with assistance from Javier Villarreal, a professor of Spanish at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. An introduction by Thomas H. Kreneck explains the book's value to scholarship and describes what has been learned of the publication history of the original Spanish-language edition. Valdez's comments provide a picture of his grandfather's later life and his gentlemanly character." This volume provides a valuable account of a relatively undocumented period in Mexican Texans' history. Almost unknown to those outside his family, this narrative has now been "recovered," edited by Valdez and Kreneck, and made available to a wider, interested

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585445141
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Series:
Gulf Coast Books, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Series, #9
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
124
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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