Maria's Journey

Maria's Journey

by Ramón Arredondo, Trisha Arredondo


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ISBN-13: 9780871952868
Publisher: Indiana Historical Society
Publication date: 08/28/2010
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword James B. Lane ix

Introduction John Bodnar xiii

Arredondo/Batalla Family Tree xvii

Chapter 1 The Revolution 1

Chapter 2 The Bargain 7

Chapter 3 From Texas Boxcars to Illinois Rails 13

Chapter 4 Tragedy Has Two Faces 23

Chapter 5 Secrets of the Past 31

Chapter 6 Safe Harbor 41

Chapter 7 "Mill Rats" 47

Chapter 8 Change is Constant 55

Chapter 9 Depression and Repatriation 69

Chapter 10 "Take Me to the Fair" 75

Chapter 11 Betrayal 79

Chapter 12 "Don't Look Back"-The Homecoming 85

Chapter 13 On Watling Street 95

Chapter 14 Graduation, Illness, Accidents, and a Vision 103

Chapter 15 The War 109

Chapter 16 Celebrations and Losses 121

Chapter 17 Church and School 131

Chapter 18 Diet and Discipline 139

Chapter 19 The Haunting 147

Chapter 20 Maria's "Confession" 151

Chapter 21 Jesse Joins the Army, then the Union 157

Chapter 22 "Happy Days" in the Harbor 169

Chapter 23 Love Calls-"California Here We Come" 177

Chapter 24 Jesse Takes a Wife-and More 189

Chapter 25 Maria Battles the "Commies" 197

Chapter 26 No Good Solutions 203

Chapter 27 Love and Uncle Sam 211

Chapter 28 Forgiveness and Reconciliation 217

Chapter 29 The Value of Education 227

Chapter 30 In the Blink of an Eye 235

Chapter 31 The Vision Revealed 245

Epilogue 249

Afterword 255

Acknowledgments 259

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Anonymous 29 days ago
I enjoyed reading about Maria and Miguel and how they left their homeland for a better life in America. They struggled through the depressions, the rise of the unions, poverty and still managed to raise 10 children. Maria's love of God and family is inspirational! Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maria's Journey First off, I wish I can write like you guys! It grabs the reader from the start - difficult to put the book down. It is fast moving and the actual quotes of what people said keep the reader in-tuned. The oral history is skillfully intertwined, not all the time in chronological order, but the reader gets the sequence. There were several memorable and touching moments - when Jenny felt the hand as she was lost in the snow; dad was looking out for her - also dad was the only one who called her "....." -Joe receiving the $20 from Dad. And Maria always there for the family not mushy but gives out "tough" LOVE - very realistic about life. She is amazing. Her love comes through in what she does for the family. It is like action speaks louder than words - love is seen, experienced, felt and not just heard. These reflect the culture of family up bringing. The family always comes first and we must make our family proud. I think these are values worth adopting. Our modern families are falling apart Despite the fact that the family went through all the hardships, the children did find time to play to keep themselves sane and resilient to what ever was around them. Also I see this book as being very relevant today with migration taking place all over the world. Before I end, the suspense of the vision that Ray experienced also kept me reading "so who is this man?" The answer was skillfully crafted at the end. What a lovely ending! A message of hope indeed. St Jude the patron saint of Hope.
BenBorsellino More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this warm story of a family and experiences they had. I related as a first generation American myself but I feel any reader will find themselves fully involved with the story of this exceptional family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - so much so that I read it twice! It is a moving story of a poor Mexican family trying to make a better life for themselves and their children. If you enjoy true stories set in early 20th century America, don't miss this one!