Revolutionary Women of Texas and Mexico: Portraits of Soldaderas, Saints, and Subversives

Revolutionary Women of Texas and Mexico: Portraits of Soldaderas, Saints, and Subversives


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Much ink has been spilled over the men of the Mexican Revolution, but far less has been written about its women. Kathy Sosa, Ellen Riojas Clark, and Jennifer Speed set out to right this wrong in Revolutionary Women of Texas and Mexico, which celebrates the women of early Texas and Mexico who refused to walk a traditional path.

The anthology embraces an expansive definition of the word revolutionary by looking at female role models and subversives from the last century and who stood up for their visions and ideals and continue to stand for them today. Eighteen portraits provide readers with a glimpse into each figure's life and place in history. At the heart of the portraits are the women of the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920)⁠—like the soldaderas who shadowed the Mexican armies, tasked with caring for and treating the wounded troops. Filling in the gaps are iconic godmothers⁠ like the Virgin of Guadalupe and La Malinche, whose stories are seamlessly woven into the collective history of Texas and Mexico. Portraits of artists Frida Kahlo and Nahui Olin and activists Emma Tenayuca and Genoveva Morales take readers from postrevolutionary Mexico into the present.

Each portrait includes a biography, an original pen-and-ink illustration, and a historical or literary piece by a contemporary writer who was inspired by their subject’s legacy. Sandra Cisneros, Laura Esquivel, Elena Poniatowska, Carmen Tafolla, and others bring their experience to bear in their pieces, and Jennifer Speed’s introduction contextualizes each woman in her cultural-historical moment. A foreword by civil rights activist Dolores Huerta and an afterword by scholar Norma Elia Cantú bookend this powerful celebration of women who revolutionized their worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595349255
Publisher: Trinity University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2020
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 242,185
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Speed is a research development strategist in the office of the Dean for Research at Princeton University. She was formerly research professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton, where she specialized in Spanish historical writing and narratives, biography, theology, and law. She has taught Western, world, medieval, and Latin American history for more than twenty years. She served as historian for the award-winning PBS documentary Children of the Revolución and is a co-project director of a major NEH-funded, multiyear project on the African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Foreword: Reflections on Revolutionary Women -- Dolores Huerta
Preface – Kathy Sosa
Introduction: Setting the Scene of Revolutionary Women in Texas and Mexico
– Jennifer Speed

Section I: The Era of the Mexican Revolution of 1910
Las Soldaderas – Elena Poniatowska
Juana Belèn Gutièrrez de Mendoza – Cristina D. Ramírez
Valentinas, no! Valientas, si! Cristina Sosa and Leonila Ortiz Sosa [AM1] – Lionel Sosa
The Perservationists: Adina DeZavala, Rena Maverick Green, Emily Edwards – Lewis F. Fisher
Concepcion Acevedo de la Llata – Jennifer Speed

Section II: Las Antepasadas : Women Revolutionaries prior to the Mexican Revolution of 1910
Sor Juana Inès de la Cruz – Alicia Gaspar de Alba
Virgin of Guadalupe – Virgilio P. Elizondo
Jane McManus Cazneau – Linda Hudson
Teresa Urrea – Sandra Cisneros
Malinalli La Malinche – Laura Esquivel

Section III: The Legacy : Women Revolutionaries of the Post-Revolution Era
Alice Dickerson Montemayor – Cynthia Orozoco
Emma Tenayuca – Carmen Tafolla
Frida Kahlo – Amalia Mesa-Bains
Genoveva Morales –Elaine Ayala
Nahui Olin – Teresa Van Hoy
Gloria Anzaldúa – Ellen Riojas Clark
Chavela Vargas – Sandra Cisneros
Women of Guerrero – Marta Lamas

Epilogue: title TK – Norma Cantú

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