Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez: 1893-1923 / Edition 1

Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez: 1893-1923 / Edition 1

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by David Dorado Romo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0938317911

ISBN-13: 9780938317913

Pub. Date: 07/01/2005

Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press

El Paso/Juárez served as the tinderbox of the Mexican Revolution and the tumultuous years to follow. In essays and archival photographs, David Romo tells the surreal stories at the roots of the greatest Latin American revolution: The sainted beauty queen Teresita inspires revolutionary fervor and is rumored to have blessed the first rifles of the

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El Paso/Juárez served as the tinderbox of the Mexican Revolution and the tumultuous years to follow. In essays and archival photographs, David Romo tells the surreal stories at the roots of the greatest Latin American revolution: The sainted beauty queen Teresita inspires revolutionary fervor and is rumored to have blessed the first rifles of the revolutionaries; anarchists publish newspapers and hatch plots against the hated Porfirio Diaz regime; Mexican outlaw Pancho Villa eats ice cream cones and rides his Indian motorcycle happily through downtown; El Paso’s gringo mayor wears silk underwear because he is afraid of Mexican lice; John Reed contributes a never-before-published essay; young Mexican maids refuse to be deloused so they shut down the border and back down Pershing’s men in the process; vegetarian and spiritualist Francisco Madero institutes the Mexican revolutionary junta in El Paso before crossing into Juárez to his ill-fated presidency and assassination; and bands play Verdi while firing squads go about their deadly business. Romo’s work does what Mike Davis’ City of Quartz did for Los Angeles—it presents a subversive and contrary vision of the sister cities during this crucial time for both countries.

David Dorado Romo, the son of Mexican immigrants, is an essayist, historian, musician and cultural activist. Ringside Seat to a Revolution is the result of his three-year exploration of archives detailing the cultural and political roots of the Mexican Revolution along la frontera. Romo received a degree in Judaic studies at Stanford University and has studied in Israel and Italy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780938317913
Publisher:
Cinco Puntos Press
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

Prologue : a psychogeography of two cities1
Teresita Urrea : the woman who stirred things up21
Lauro Aguirre : the editor behind a great woman30
Victor L. Ochoa : El Paso's first revolutionist33
1896 : the Teresista rebellion38
The Ornithopter and the revolution45
The seeds of anarchy : the Magonistas in El Paso53
1910 : a comet, a lynching and a call to arms61
Cheap tickets to the battle of Juarez86
After 1911 : arms smuggling, espionage and upheaval108
Musicians : prelude to the insurrection113
Women and young girls go to Juarez 1000 nightly140
While the band played Verdi ...149
Letter to mother152
Photographers and filmmakers : mercenaries of the camera155
Visions of the other side164
Pancho Villa & the greasers : Fronterizos in film173
Pan Y Toros at the Juarez Bullring184
Police stop woman bullfighter at the arena190
King of the beasts proves no match against his fierce antagonist191
Buffalo vs. bull192
A racial geography of El Paso : a special census in time of war197
The bath riots : revolt of the Mexican amazons at the Santa Fe Bridge223
The beautiful death of Felipe Angeles245
AppA walking tour : Mexican revolution sites in El Paso and Juarez266

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