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The Medicine of Memory

The Medicine of Memory


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About the Book

"People who live in California deny the past," asserts Alejandro Murguía. In a state where "what matters is keeping up with the current trends, fads, or latest computer gizmo," no one has "the time, energy, or desire to reflect on what happened last week, much less what happened ten years ago, or a hundred." From this oblivion of memory, he continues, comes a false sense of history, a deluded belief that the way things are now is the way they have always been.

In this work of creative nonfiction, Murguía draws on memories--his own and his family's reaching back to the eighteenth century--to (re)construct the forgotten Chicano-indigenous history of California. He tells the story through significant moments in California history, including the birth of the mestizo in Mexico, destruction of Indian lifeways under the mission system, violence toward Mexicanos during the Gold Rush, Chicano farm life in the early twentieth century, the Chicano Movement of the 1960s, Chicano-Latino activism in San Francisco in the 1970s, and the current rebirth of Chicano-Indio culture. Rejecting the notion that history is always written by the victors, and refusing to be one of the vanquished, he declares, "This is my California history, my memories, richly subjective and atavistic."


About the Author:

Alejandro Murguía is Associate Professor in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780292752672
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publisher Imprint: University of Texas Press
  • Depth: 13
  • Height: 216 mm
  • No of Pages: 256
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: A Mexica Clan in California
  • Width: 172 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0292752679
  • Publisher Date: 01 Nov 2002
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 16 mm
  • Weight: 413 gr


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