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Women's Tales from the New Mexico WPA: La Diabla a Pie
     

Women's Tales from the New Mexico WPA: La Diabla a Pie

by Tey Diana Rebolledo
 

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At the height of the Great Despression of the 1930s, the administration of U. S. President Franklin Roosevelt instituted a Federal Writers Project as part of the larger Works Progress Administration (WPA), massive national undertakings aimed at getting the nation back to work. Many people participated in compiling a series of state-by-state guides to the country.

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At the height of the Great Despression of the 1930s, the administration of U. S. President Franklin Roosevelt instituted a Federal Writers Project as part of the larger Works Progress Administration (WPA), massive national undertakings aimed at getting the nation back to work. Many people participated in compiling a series of state-by-state guides to the country. Other writers’ projects included the gathering of folk songs and oral narratives by still-living ex-slaves.
New Mexico was among the states participating in this effort, and the project workers there included two women interviewers, Lou Sage Batchen and Annette Hesch Thorp, who in their work placed particular emphasis upon gathering Hispanic women’s stories, or cuentos. The two interviewed many native ancianos, gathering folktales as well as capturing narratives and gleaning vivid details of a way of life now long disappeared. Professors Tey Diana Rebolledo and María Teresa Márquez have combed through long-lost archives to recover these invaluable first-hand accounts, and have prefaced the whole with an introduction delving into some of the problematic cultural issues surrounding these records.

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A compendium of Hispanic women's tales, or , gathered during the Great Depression as part of the Works Progress Administration. Rebolledo (Spanish, U. of New Mexico) and M<'a>rquez (U. of New Mexico, Center for Southwest Research) gathered the records of two female WPA interviewers and reproduce many of the firsthand accounts in this book. Well over 100 tales cover everything from everyday life for Hispanic women during the Great Depression to cultural legends. The book opens with an introduction to the study. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611925999
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
11/30/2000
Series:
Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
586 KB

Meet the Author

MARÍA TERESA MÁRQUEZ is Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico’s Center for Southwest Research. Among her other activities, she founded and moderates ChicleNet, a Internet-based discussion network devoted to Chicano literature.

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