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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021: Mexican American Voices: Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton

[For Cinco de Mayo, a series on a handful of impressive and inspiring Mexican American voices. Leading up to a special Guest Post from an inspiring young scholar and voice!]

I’ve made the case in a number of prior posts and pieces for why we should better remember and read the Mexican American novelist and activist Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton. So for this post I’ll direct you to a handful of them:

1)      This post for the American Writers Museum blog on why we should all read her novel The Squatter and the Don (1885);

2)      This one for HuffPost on why Donald Trump in particular should read it;

3)      This one for CNN framing Ruiz de Burton as part of my book We the People’s arguments on exclusion and inclusion in American history;

4)      This one as part of a trio of Saturday Evening Post Considering History columns on Mexican American stories and texts;

5)      And this one for the blog, pairing Squatter with George Washington Cable’s The Grandissimes (1881).

Next Cinco de Mayo post tomorrow,


PS. What do you think? Mexican American figures, voices, histories and stories you’d highlight?

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