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Barrio Boy

Author: Galarza, Ernesto Set In . . .
 North America, USA, California, Sacramento, Central America, Mexico, Nayarit
Genre: Non-Fiction
Time Frame: Early 20th Century
Published: 1971
Description: About the Book Since it was first published in 1971 Galarzas classic workhas been assigned in high school and undergraduate classrooms across the country profoundly affecting thousands of students who read this true story of acculturation into American life To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the publication of Barrio Boy the University of Notre Dame Press is proud to reissue this best-selling book with a new text design and cover as well an introduction-by Ilan Stavans the distinguished cultural critic and editor of the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature-which places Ernesto Galarza and Barrio Boyin historical context About the AuthorErnesto Galarza 1905-1984 was a labor organizer historian professor and community activist When he was eight he migrated from Jalcocotan Nayarit Mexico to Sacramento California where he worked as a farm laborer He received a Ph D in history from Columbia University In addition to Barrio Boy he is the author of a number of books including Strangers in Our Fields 1956 Merchants of Labor 1964 and Spiders in the House and Workers in the Fields 1970 In 1979 Dr Galarza was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature Unlike people who are born in hospitals in an ambulance or in a taxicab I showed up in an adobe cottage with a thatched roof that stood at one end of the only street of Jalcocotan which everybody called Jalco for short Like many other small villages in the wild majestic mountains of the Sierra Madre de Nayarit my pueblo was a hideaway Even though you lived there arriving in Jalco was always a surprise -from Chapter 1Reviews of the original edition An illuminating record of the forebodings of ordinary rural Mexicans at the beginning of the revolution - The New York Review of BooksWith its suspense humor and occasional sadness Barrio Boy is splendid reading - American Anthropologist Galarzas proud and moving book is a testament to who he is where he came from and to the country w
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