Conflicts of Interest: The Letters of María Amparo Ruiz de Burton

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Arte Publico Press, 2001 - Hispanic American authors - 647 pages
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María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, the recently discovered nineteenth-century novelist, broke many of the boundaries that circumscribed the life of both women and Hispanics in the southwestern territories of the United States. Not only was she the first Hispanic novelist to write English, but her courage and resolve took her into the circles of governmental and financial power where very few women had tread before. Conflicts of Interest captures the conflicted personality of María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, a woman pulled in different directions by tensions of class, race, gender, and nationality. The trajectory of Ruiz de Burtons life through her correspondence makes for a compelling and revealing narrative, one that brings to life the evolution of discourse and culture in the Southwest as it was becoming integrated in the United States a process which, some might argue, continues today. This volume is as complete a collection of the Ruiz de Burton letters as is possible, given the imperfect historical record. Included are various personal and business documents and a collection of articles about her family. Among her correspondents were such important historical figures as Samuel L. M. Barlow, E. W. Morse, Prudenciana Moreno, and Platón Vallejo. But this album is not a simple collection of letters and documents; rather, researchers Sánchez and Pita have made great efforts to reconstitute Ruiz de Burtons life and times through their analysis and commentary.
 

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Ruiz de Burton (1831-95), believed to be the first author of Mexican origin to write and publish novels in English in the United States, is the focus of this well-researched, comprehensive work on her ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
ix
Baja California
1
Baja and Family Background
25
From Baja to Monterey
58
B Letters and Documents 18481852
74
Early San Diego and La Frontera
86
B Letters and Documents 18511859
140
Shifting Frames of Reference Southwest by East
179
Later San Diego 18711895
373
B Letters and Documents 18701895
415
Narratives of Negative Identification
539
B Documents
564
Unpublished References
629
Letters by Date
631
Letters by Chapter
636
Letters by AddresseeSender
642

B Letters and Documents 18591870
231
Illustrations
363

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Page 36 - Tallman as and for her last will and testament in presence of us, who in her presence and in the presence of each other and at her request have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.
Page 20 - July 1, 1840, when he was graduated, and promoted in the Army to Second Lieutenant, Third Artillery, July 1, 1840.
Page 11 - Captain HS Burton fell in love with the charming Californian, Maria del Amparo Ruiz, born at Loreto, and aged sixteen. She promised to marry him. The servants reported this to a certain ranchero who had been unsuccessfully paying his addresses to her, and he informed Padre Gonzalez, saying that a catholic should not marry a protestant. The padre thanked the man in a letter, which the latter hawked about offensively, out of spite, because his suit had been rejected. But for all this, the Loreto girl...

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