New from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series is Mexicans in San Jose by local authors Nannette Regua and Arturo Villarreal. The foreword was written by Stephen Pitti.
Since the founding of California’s El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe in 1777, people of Mexican ancestry have contributed to make San José a rich cultural, political and economic epicenter. Mexicans who worked in the local mines helped San José become one of the top mercury producers in the world.
In the 20th century, Mexicans labored in the “Valley of Heart’s Delight,” as the Santa Clara Valley region was called, picking, canning, drying and packaging fruits and vegetables for America’s dinner table. They paid homage to their cultural heritage as they formed ballet folklórico groups, established mariachi bands, painted murals and wrote literature.
Through grassroots organizing and collective action, countless heroines and heroes, such as labor leader Cesar Chavez, dedicated their lives to improving conditions in their neighborhoods and communities. In 1999 the City of San José acknowledged the contributions of Mexicans with the grand opening of the Mexican Heritage Plaza, a cultural center for the performing arts.
Meet the authors:
Thursday, September 17th at 7:00pm
Barnes & Noble Booksellers ~ Eastridge Shopping Center
2200 Eastridge Loop Space #1420
San Jose CA 95122
*Please contact Teresa Simmons, Publicist, for a complete list of upcoming events.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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