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By Luis G. Gómez

Although they're one of the most vital assets of the background of the yankee Southwest, the lives of normal immigrants from Mexico have not often been recorded. proficient 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, watching the folks and methods of the sector and committing them to reminiscence for later transcription.
 
Few of the 150,000 immigrants within the final half the 19th century left written documents in their stories, 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 means of the author’s grandson, Guadalupe Valdez Jr., with the aid of Javier Villarreal, a professor of Spanish at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. An advent through Thomas H. Kreneck explains the book’s worth to scholarship and describes what has been realized of the book background of the unique Spanish-language volume.
 
“Gómez says explicitly within the prologue to his memoirs that the aim of recording the occasions of his lifestyles is to entertain; even if, his memoirs accomplish even more than this as they fill a void within the heritage of the yank Southwest of the overdue 19th century.”—Journal of the yank reports organization for Texas

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