In Receive Our Memories, José Orozco, associate professor of history at Whittier College, offers a unique set of primary documents accompanied by a family history and local history, insightfully contextualized within the first half of twentieth-century Mexican history. It examines the life of a campesino (and great-grandfather of the author) Luz Moreno (1877–1953) from the town of San Miguel el Alto, Jalisco, through the 170 letters written to his eldest daughter Pancha (1901–2002), who had migrated to Stockton, California. Luz's letters reveal, from the perspective of a poor man in his own words, aspects of his philosophical inner self—one quite different from the taciturn and stoic outward persona. Indeed, Moreno's letters—sent to his eldest daughter from 1950, after she married rather late in life and emigrated, until his death a few years later—are as complex as they were frequent. Reserved and...

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