Remedios: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriqueñas

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South End Press, Nov 1, 2001 - History - 235 pages
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Full of medical folklore and healing tales, Remedios presents the history of the many women--and cultures--who have met at the crossroads of the islands of Puerto Rico. Beginning with the First Mother in sub-Saharan Africa more than 200,000 years ago, Aurora Levins Morales takes readers on a journey through time and around the globe.

We learn of Juana de Asbaje, author of the "Reply to Sor Filotea" in 1693, the first feminist essay written in the New World; Gracia Nasi, Constantinople's "Queen of the Jews"; the African-American activist and warrior of words Ida B. Wells; and the unlikely martyr and symbol, Ethel Rosenberg.

Levins Morales weaves in her own story of pain and healing, ameliorated by the restorative power of memory, and bears witness to a larger history of resistance and abuse by women and men.

This historical memoir revives our connection to the forgotten lore of our grandmothers, featuring explanations of the medicinal properties of herbs and and foods such as rosemary, ginkgo, and banana. With love, joy, and defiance, Levins Morales offers Remedios as testimony to those barely recorded or known to history, the women who shaped our world.

Aurora Levins Morales is author of Medicine Stories: History, Culture, and the Politics of Integrity (South End Press, 1998) and Getting Home Alive (Firebrand, 1986). A Jewish "red diaper baby" from the mountains of Puerto Rico, Morales writes lucidly about the complexities of social identity. She teaches at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

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Contents

BISABUELAS
1
ABUELAS
27
DISCOVERY
55
14911600
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16001699
103
Witches StoolWestern Europe
109
Ana de Mendoza UnpacksSan Juan de Puerto Rico
110
SheLatin America
111
The First Cafeto
133
ManyHeaded HydraNew York
134
17981898
141
Mercedes a caballo
160
1899199
162
Civilization Europe
165
Postcards of Colonialism
166
La otra Aurora
167

ManahattaMouth of the Hudson River
113
The Weavers of DeanEngland
115
1 Believe It Is No SinGalicia
116
Paula de EguiluzColombia
117
StuyvesantNew Amsterdam
118
The House of Peace
119
Nzinga the Warrior QueenAngola
121
Decree
122
The Death of PalmaresBrazil
123
News of SorjuanaMexico
124
The Weavers of TayasalGuatemala
125
17001798
127
The Country of Women
128
Beatrice of KongoCentral Africa
129
Cangrejos
130
Cecilia Ortiz
131
NannytownJamaica
132
tfRUDA
168
Opiniones
169
Delmira Montevideo Uruguay
171
War Effort
172
Vida alegre
173
JfevMAGUEY
174
Harlem New York
176
JgaMULLEIN
177
Pasodoble
178
Hechos desconocidos
179
1930 El barrio
181
Tiempo muerto
182
tfMALANGA
183
La Botanica Sources
209
Glossary of Selected Words
229
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Morales an historian, poet and essayist.

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