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{Textbooks} Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez, 1893-1923Author David Dorado Romo – Batdongsanhoian.co

El Paso Ju Rez Served As The Tinderbox Of The Mexican Revolution And The Tumultuous Years To Follow In Essays And Archival Photographs, David Romo Tells The Surreal Stories At The Roots Of The Greatest Latin American Revolution The Sainted Beauty Queen Teresita Inspires Revolutionary Fervor And Is Rud To Have Blessed The First Rifles Of The Revolutionaries Anarchists Publish Newspapers And Hatch Plots Against The Hated Porfirio Diaz Regime Mexican Outlaw Pancho Villa Eats Ice Cream Cones And Rides His Indian Motorcycle Happily Through Downtown El Paso S Gringo Mayor Wears Silk Underwear Because He Is Afraid Of Mexican Lice John Reed Contributes A Never Before Published Essay Young Mexican Maids Refuse To Be Deloused So They Shut Down The Border And Back Down Pershing S Men In The Process Vegetarian And Spiritualist Francisco Madero Institutes The Mexican Revolutionary Junta In El Paso Before Crossing Into Ju Rez To His Ill Fated Presidency And Assassination And Bands Play Verdi While Firing Squads Go About Their Deadly Business Romo S Work Does What Mike Davis City Of Quartz Did For Los Angeles It Presents A Subversive And Contrary Vision Of The Sister Cities During This Crucial Time For Both CountriesDavid Dorado Romo, The Son Of Mexican Immigrants, Is An Essayist, Historian, Musician And Cultural Activist Ringside Seat To A Revolution Is The Result Of His Three Year Exploration Of Archives Detailing The Cultural And Political Roots Of The Mexican Revolution Along La Frontera Romo Received A Degree In Judaic Studies At Stanford University And Has Studied In Israel And Italy


10 thoughts on “Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez, 1893-1923

  1. says:

    For the museum s book club.Romo takes a slightly different approach to local history he s looking at the geography of a city to discover the layers of history And in a town like El Paso, which is literally on top of the border, well, geography means a lot.While reading this book, I found myself wishing I knew a bit about the Mexican Revolution and Pancho Villa This isn t to say Romo didn t do a good job of setting the stage, just that I think I would have gotten out of it if I was already familiar with the story But he does an excellent job of showing the layers within the story tales of a spiritualist healer spark for revolution, the musicians, the journalists, the filmmakers Really good stuff.The most startling was the chapter on crossing the border and the gasoline baths required for anyone coming in to El Paso Horrifying stuff.Lots of great pictures and documents Kudos for this very different kind of Texas history It will be interesting to see what the conversation will be on Tuesday, especially since most of the book club ladies are of a very different generation.


  2. says:

    Bought this book here in San Francisco 4 years ago before I moved here at City Lights Bookstore deals with the history of Cuidad Juarez, Coahuila and El Paso, Texas during the Mexican Revolution it is a very detailed picture book that provides background history about both these border cities during this perilous time Such as Pancho Villa y los Dorados del Norte, President Francisco Madero, and the average residents of both these cities that witnessed the carnage of the Revolution both firsthand in Juarez and across the Rio Grande Bravo Del Norte in El Paso.As well it depicted the at times strained relationships between the Mexicans and Gabachos living in El Paso or in Juarez As well as the race relations in El Paso with African Americans, and the Chinese who lived in both sides of the border The Adelitas also began making their appearance in the Battle of Cuidad Juarez in 1911.


  3. says:

    Recommend taking the walking tour at the end of this book.


  4. says:

    I adored it Romo really took the time to give a nice snapshot of El Paso life during the revolution.


  5. says:

    I LOVED this book I think all history books should be like this


  6. says:

    Excellent book.


  7. says:

    Revolution from the perspective of the quirky common folk Excellent pictures as well.