Coal Camp Days: A Boy's Remembrance

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UNM Press, 2001 - Fiction - 278 pages
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The coalfields of northern New Mexico are the setting for the remembrances of six-year-old Matias Montano, a fictionalized version of the author's life in the last years of World War II. García writes about ordinary coal-mining people as they struggle to make a living and raise families, and about their heroism, joy for living, and their belief in the value of education, hard work, and the American Dream.

For Matias, his brothers, friends, and the adults in their lives, the poor living conditions did not interfere with their adventures and activities, which included collecting scrap iron, picking chokecherries, tracking deer, hunting rattlesnakes, and riding hand cars down the railroad tracks. This book presents a fresh and richly textured view of life in a mining town from the Hispanic viewpoint but includes folklore and stories told by the town's many other ethnic groups, among them Italian, Slavic, and Greek immigrants and African Americans, all working together in support of the war effort and in search of better lives.

 

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Contents

Dios Da Pero No Acarrea
13
Respeto de los Derechos de tus Vecinos es la Salvación de Todos
19
Shooting without Respect for Life
37
No Women or Bears Allowed
54
Minings Not the Movies
67
If Any Should Not Work Neither Should He Eat
98
Bien o Mal Todo Acaba
115
No Hay Mal Pan Con Bien Hambre
126
We Are Our Brothers Keeper
162
Give Me Your Tired Your Poor
180
Yo Soy La Llorona
200
De la Muerte y De la Suerte no Hay Quien se Escape 215
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From Dust Thou Art and Unto Dust Shalt Thou Return
253
We Lived in Fear La Muerte Lurked Near
255
Glossary
273
Copyright

Two Wrongs Dont Make a Right 743
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About the author (2001)

Ricardo L. Garcia is professor of education at the University of Nebraska.

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