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By Luis G. Gomez,Thomas H. Kreneck,Guadalupe Valdez

Although they're one of the most crucial resources of the heritage of the yankee Southwest, the lives of normal immigrants from Mexico have hardly ever been recorded. informed and hardworking, Luis G. Gómez got here to Texas from Mexico as a tender guy within the mid-1880s. He made his approach round a lot of South Texas, discovering paintings at the railroad and in different companies, gazing the folks and methods of the area and committing them to reminiscence for later transcription. From the instant he crossed the Rio Grande at Matamoros-Brownsville, Gómez sought his fortune in a sequence of contracting operations that created the infrastructure to assist enhance the Texas economy—clearing land, slicing wooden, construction roads, laying tune, developing bridges, and quarrying rock. Gómez describes Mexican customs within the usa, reminiscent of courtship and marriage, kin with Anglo employers, spiritual practices, and the easy domestic gatherings that sustained these Mexican Texans who settled in city components like Houston, remoted from predominantly Mexican South Texas. Few of the 150,000 immigrants within the final half the 19th century left written files in their reviews, yet Gómez wrote his memoir and had it privately released in Spanish in 1935. Crossing the Rio Grande provides an English version of that memoir, translated by way of the author’s grandson, Guadalupe Valdez Jr., with the help of Javier Villarreal, a professor of Spanish at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. An advent by way of Thomas H. Kreneck explainss the book’s price to scholarship and describes what has been discovered of the e-book heritage of the unique Spanish-language quantity. Valdez’s reviews offer a lucid and interesting photograph of his grandfather’s later existence and his gentlemanly personality. This captivating little quantity offers a precious account of a comparatively undocumented interval in Mexican Texans’ historical past. nearly unknown to these outdoors his family members, this narrative has now been “recovered,” edited via Valdez and Kreneck, and made to be had to a much broader, public.

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