Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography, and Community / Edition 1

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Spanning two centuries, this collection documents the lives of fifteen remarkable Latinas who witnessed, defined, defied, and wrote about the forces that shaped their lives. As entrepreneurs, community activists, mystics, educators, feminists, labor organizers, artists and entertainers, Latinas used the power of the pen to traverse and transgress cultural conventions.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Latina Legacies is a marvelous addition to the American Studies literature documenting the lives of exemplary Latinas as diverse as Luisa Moreno, Carmen Miranda, and Teresa Urrea. Telling the stories of women of various classes, of hybrid racial identities, of diverse political engagements, and of complex romantic proclivities, this book is a gold mine of information for teachers and students alike."—Ramón A. Gutiérrez, University of California, San Diego

"One of the most comprehensive looks at the intellectual, social, and cultural development of Latinas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is a must-read for every student and reader who is curious about the rich legacy of Latinas who have made history through reform, transgression, and policy making."—Maria E. Montoya, New York University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195153996
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Viewpoints on American Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 873,959
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Vicki L. Ruiz is Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine

Virginia Sánchez Korrol is Professor of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College.

They are the co-editors of Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia and were both named Latina Magazine Woman of the Year in Education in 2000.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Victoria Reid and the politics of identity 19
2 Gertrudis Barcelo : La Tules of image and reality 39
3 The adventures of Loreta Janeta Velazquez : Civil War spy and storyteller 59
4 Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton and the power of her pen 72
5 Lola Rodriguez de Tio and the Puerto Rican struggle for freedom 84
6 Teresa Urrea : Curandera and folk saint 97
7 Luisa Capetillo : feminist of the working class 120
8 Adelina Otero Warren : rural aristocrat and modern feminist 135
9 Pura Belpre : the children's ambassador 148
10 Jovita Gonzalez Mireles : a sense of history and homeland 158
11 Luisa Moreno and Latina labor activism 175
12 Carmen Miranda : the high price of fame and bananas 193
13 Antonia Pantoja and the power of community action 209
14 Ana Mendieta's art : a journey through her life 225
15 Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers 240
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