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Gr 7 Up—An introduction to the life of Mexican patriot Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. This controversial 19th-century figure was a man of many faces, a Catholic priest, a father of illegitimate children, and a hero in his fatherland. A fictional younger brother recounts his many virtues and flaws as if to set the record straight. He attempts to humanize a man whom generations of Mexicans idealize as the first to publicly call his countrymen to escape the yoke of Spanish colonialism. To capture Hidalgo's bravery, the narrator depicts the power of the Inquisition, the religious engine that did much of the dirty work for the Spanish sovereigns abroad. Led into the intimacies of Father Hidalgo, readers are made his accomplice in the plot to rebel against Spanish rule. While a good read for history buffs, the narration is often bogged down in the minutia of conspiracies, associates, traitors, dates, and places of colonial Mexico. There are no illustrations to break up the tedious descriptions. Suitable for native readers but most appealing to those of Mexican ancestry, this challenging read both celebrates and debunks this national advocate for liberation.—Gisela Norat, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9786074800876
  • Publisher: Ediciones B
  • Publication date: 1/30/2011
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 127
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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