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Beloved Land: An Oral History of Mexican Americans in Southern Arizona

Beloved Land: An Oral History of Mexican Americans in Southern Arizona (Paperback)

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Dona Ramona Benitez Franco was born in 1902 on her parents' Arizona ranch and celebrated her hundredth birthday with family and friends in 2002, still living in her family's century-old adobe house. Dona Ramona witnessed many changes in the intervening years, but her memories of the land and customs she knew as a child are indelible. For Dona Ramona as well as for countless generations of Mexican Americans, memories of rural life recall la querida tierra, the beloved land. Through good times and bad, the land provided sustenance. Today, many of those homesteads and ranches have succumbed to bulldozers that have brought housing projects and strip malls in their wake. Now a writer and a photographer who have long been intimately involved with Arizona's Hispanic community have preserved the voices and images of men and women who are descendants of pioneer ranching and farming families in southern Arizona. Ranging from Tucson to the San Rafael Valley and points in between, this book documents the contributions of Mexican American families whose history and culture are intertwined with the lifestyle of the contemporary Southwest.

These were hardy, self-reliant pioneers who settled in what were then remote areas. Their stories tell of love affairs with the land and a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. Through oral histories and a captivating array of historic and contemporary photos, Beloved Land records a vibrant and resourceful way of life that has contributed so much to the region. Individuals like Dona Ramona tell stories about rural life, farming, ranching, and vaquero culture that enrich our knowledge of settlement, culinary practices, religious traditions, arts, and education of Hispanic settlers of Arizona. They talk frankly about how the land changed hands not always by legal means and tell how they feel about modern society and the disappearance of the rural lifestyle. "Our ranch homes and fields, our chapels and corrals may have been bulldozed by progress or renovated into spas and guest ranches that never whisper our ancestors' names," writes Patricia Preciado Martin. "The story of our beautiful and resilient heritage will never be silenced ...as long as we always remember to run our fingers through the nourishing and nurturing soil of our history."

Beloved Land works that soil as it revitalizes that history for the generations to come.

BiographyBiography: generalAutobiography: generalBiographyDiaries, letters & journalsBiographyTrue storiesTrue stories of heroism, endurance & survivalHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsOral historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsEthnic studiesHispanic & Latino studies Publisher: University of Arizona Press Publication Date: 01/03/2004 ISBN-13: 9780816523825  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Patricia Preciado Martin is a native Arizonan and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Arizona. She is the author of two other collections of oral history, Images and Conversations: Mexican Americans Recall a Southwestern Past (winner of the Virginia McCormick Scully Award for the best history by a Chicano/a or a Native American) and Songs My Mother Sang to Me: An Oral History of Mexican American Women, and three collections of her widely anthologized short stories: Days of Plenty, Days of Want; El Milagro and Other Stories; and Amor Eterno: Eleven Lessons of Love (recipient of the Border Regional Library Association Southwest Book Award for fiction). Martin is active on the speakers' circuit both regionally and nationally and has received the Arizona Humanities Council Distinguished Public Scholar Award of Excellence. She met Jim, her husband of forty years, while serving in the Peace Corps in Central America. They live in Tucson. For more than thirty-five years native Arizonan Jose Galvez has used black-and-white photography to document Mexican American culture. He majored in journalism at the University of Arizona and upon graduation became a staff photographer for the Arizona Daily Star. In 1984, while at the Los Angeles Times, he led a photography staff that along with a team of reporters won a Pulitzer Prize in Community Service for a series on the Latino experience in southern California. Galvez's photographs have been exhibited in countless museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian. His first book, Vatos, was published in 2000. Today, he continues to document Mexican American communities across the United States, portraying his heritage in a realistic and positive fashion.

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