From Santa Anna to Selena
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Author Harriett Denise Joseph relates biographies of eleven notable
Mexicanos and Tejanos, beginning with Santa Anna and the impact his
actions had on Texas. She discusses the myriad contributions of Erasmo
and Juan Seguín to Texas history, as well as the factors that led a hero
of the Texas Revolution (Juan) to be viewed later as a traitor by his
fellow Texans. Admired by many but despised by others, folk hero Juan
Nepomuceno Cortina is one of the most controversial figures in the
history of nineteenth-century South Texas. Preservationist and historian
Adina De Zavala fought to save part of the Alamo site and other
significant structures. Labor activist Emma Tenayuca’s youth, passion,
courage, and sacrifice merit attention for her efforts to help the
Joseph reveals the individual and collective accomplishments of a
powerhouse couple, bilingual educator Edmundo Mireles and
folklorist-author Jovita González. She recognizes the military and
personal battles of Medal of Honor recipient Raul “Roy” Benavidez. Irma
Rangel, the first Latina to serve in the Texas House of Representatives,
is known for the many “firsts” she achieved during her lifetime.
Finally, we read about Selena’s life and career, as well as her tragic
death and her continuing marketability.