David Dorado Romo: Ringside Seat to a Revolution An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez 1893 1923

Give a nice snapshot of El Paso life uring the revolution Revolution from the perspective of the uirky common folk Excellent pictures as well Excellent book Such a wonderful way to look at history I only wish that I had a stronger background knowledge of the Mexican Revolution going into this book You So Damn Lucky (Lucky OToole, don t NEED to but it would help because this book is really not about the Mexican Revolution It s of a social and cultural history of El Paso and Juarezuring that time period I learned about how the border used to be fluid until Mayor Lea of El Paso became convinced that he was going to get typhus from Mexicans coming into the city I learned that Juarez was the place to BE Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion, Fire, and Beauty during Prohibition And I learned that Pancho Villa had signed with a film company to make movies of all his battles but they found the real thing too boring They made himress up in a special uniform and they made him schedule executions for when there was better light Recommend taking the walking tour at the end of this book Excellent book. What Mike Davis’ City of uartz Ryugakusei no tame no Kanji no Kyokasho SHOKYU 300 - Japanese Writing Study Book did for Los Angeles it presents a subversive and contrary vision of the sister citiesuring 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 A Study in Scandal (Scandalous detailing the cultural and political roots of the Mexican Revolution along la frontera Romo received aegree in Judaic studies at Stanford University and has studied in Israel and Ita.

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Bought this book here in San Francisco 4 years ago before I moved here at City Lights Bookstore Letting it Go deals with the history of Cuidad Juarez Coahuila and El Paso Texasuring the Mexican Revolution it is a very The One Who Stays (Summer Island, detailed picture book that provides background history about both these border citiesuring this perilous time Such as Pancho Villa y los Dorados Shadow of the Wolf (Hearts Desire, 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 GrandeBravo Del Norte in El PasoAs well itepicted 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 I LOVED this book I think all history books should be like this For the museum s book clubRomo takes a slightly ifferent approach to local hist. El PasoJuárez 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 ueen 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 thr.

Ory he s looking at the geography of a city to iscover the layers of history And in a town like El Paso which is literally on top of the border well geography means a lotWhile reading this book I found myself wishing I knew a bit about the Mexican Revolution and Pancho Villa This isn t to say Romo Speer didn to 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 Ultralearning does an excellent job of showing the layers within the story tales of a spiritualist healerspark for revolution the musicians the journalists the filmmakers Really good stuffThe most startling was the chapter on crossing the border and the gasoline baths reuired for anyone coming in to El Paso Horrifying stuffLots of great pictures andocuments Kudos for this very The Ring Of The Dove 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 veryifferent generation I adored it Romo really took the time to. Ough owntown; 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 eloused so they shut A Curse of Kings down the border and backown Pershing’s men in the process; vegetarian and spiritualist Francisco Madero institutes the Mexican revolutionary junta in El Paso before crossing into Juárez to his ill fated presidency and assassination; and bands play Verdi while firing suads go about their Garfield Dishes It Out (Garfield, deadly business Romo’s workoes.