Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography, and Community

Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography, and Community

Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography, and Community

Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography, and Community

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

In 1800, seven-year-old Apolinaria Lorenzana and her mother stepped off the ship Concepción onto the docks at Monterey, California, as members of a manifest of orphans and potential wives sent by the Spanish colonial government in Mexico to the remote province of Alta California. As an elderly woman, Lorenzana remembered, “Upon our arrival in Monterey, the governor distributed some of the children like puppies…. I remained with my mother and various other women…. Those that were already women, Francisca and Pascuala, were married very soon…. My mother also married an artilleryman.” Civil authorities and mission priests had high expectations for these potential brides. They would bear Catholic citizens of New Spain and contribute their physical labor for the welfare of their kin and their settlements.

But these passengers were not the first Hispanic women to arrive on North American shores. Since the founding of St. Augustine in 1565, Spanish-speaking women had made homes for themselves and their families in the farthest reaches of Spain’s North American empire. In such farflung destinations as St. Augustine, Santa Fe, San Antonio, and Los Angeles, Latinas created homes and created communities. How did they change as the country around them changed? How did they make meaning in their own lives? How did they make history?

This collection features fifteen fascinating individuals whose lives offer insight into the legacies left by women of Latin American birth or heritage to the economic, intellectual, and cultural development of what is today the United States. Through narrative biographies, Latina Legacies provides a glimpse into diverse histories predicated on race, region, gender, culture . . .

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