Testimonios: Early California through the Eyes of Women, 1815–1848

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University of Oklahoma Press, Aug 10, 2015 - Social Science - 508 pages
When in the early 1870s historian Hubert Howe Bancroft sent interviewers out to gather oral histories from the pre-statehood gentry of California, he didn’t count on one thing: the women. When the men weren’t available, the interviewers collected the stories of the women of the household—sometimes almost as an afterthought. These interviews were eventually archived at the University of California, though many were all but forgotten. Testimonios presents thirteen women’s firsthand accounts from the days when California was part of Spain and Mexico. Having lived through the gold rush and seen their country change so drastically, these women understood the need to tell the full story of the people and the places that were their California.

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Isidora Filomena
Rosalía Vallejo
Dorotea Valdez
Teresa de la Guerra
Josefa Carrillo
Catarina Avila
Apolinaria Lorenzana
Angustias de la Guerra
María Inocenta Pico
Excerpts from Ramblings in California by Henry Cerruti
Report of Labors in Archives and Procuring Material for History
Original Transcript of Interview of Rosalía Vallejo by Henry Cerruti
Chronology of Events in Early California
List of Illustrations

Juana Machado
Felipa Osuna

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Rose Marie Beebe is Professor of Spanish Literature at Santa Clara University.

Robert M. Senkewicz is Professor of History at Santa Clara University. Beebe and Senkewicz are the coauthors of Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary.

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