Californio Voices (Paperback)
The Oral Memoirs of José María Amador and Lorenzo Asisara (Al Filo: Mexican American Studies Series #3)
University of North Texas Press, 9781574414387, 272pp.
Publication Date: September 26, 2011
Both the Amador and Asisara narratives were used as sources in Bancroft’s writing but never published themselves. Gregorio Mora-Torres has now rescued them from obscurity and presents their voices in English translation (with annotations) and in the original Spanish on facing pages. This bilingual edition will be of great interest to historians of the West, California, and Mexican American studies.
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Praise For Californio Voices: The Oral Memoirs of José María Amador and Lorenzo Asisara (Al Filo: Mexican American Studies Series #3)…
“Amador, a true product of the frontier in that he was the son of a Presidio soldier and himself served as a Presidio soldier, provides a lively recounting of his life and that of his extended family, full of revealing details that are valuable in reconstructing the ethnography and language of the time. . . . This extremely rich text is more than a welcome addition to the stock of testimonials for the history of California.”—The Americas
“The Amador/Asisara interview is the only document we have which contains the reminiscences of a Californio and of an indigenous Californian side by side. . . . Mora-Torres’s excellent volume should become an indispensable source for all interested in the Mexican period of California history.”—Journal of San Diego History
“This book presents a very convincing and interesting narrative about Mexican California. Its frankness and honesty are refreshing.”—Richard Griswold del Castillo, San Diego State University