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text 2020-02-01 23:06
Reading progress update: I've read 287 out of 560 pages.
El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America - Carrie Gibson

lots of stuff on Cuba and Puerto Rico in the chapter I just read, although by the end, the focus had shifted to New Mexico and Arizona, culminating in each of them becoming States in the same year. I had not known there had been a proposal for Arizona and New Mexico to enter the Union as one big State.

 

as for Cuba, I have never read a Cuba-specific History book, but years ago I learned a lot when I read A Brief History of the Caribbean. I would say that reading about Cuba’s history fits in with reading for Black History Month.

 

racial prejudice, ideas of superiority and inferiority, seem to always figure into what this book covers. you would never know we all lived on the same planet as human beings. anyway, I don’t want to get too depressed, so I’ll leave it at that.

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text 2020-01-28 00:18
Reading progress update: I've read 259 out of 560 pages.
El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America - Carrie Gibson

still going strong with this, and enjoying it...though I’ll probably go to Mortal Echoes next, for between-novels reading. 

basically, El Norte has taken me up to the 1890s, and the chapter I just finished emphasized how, just as you could say the United States of America had become one big interconnected nation, especially with railway completion, you also have a major and popular history text of that period basically ignoring the Spanish influence. history Anglo-cized, as if the Spanish had never been there; that’s what was happening, even by the end of the 19th Century.

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text 2020-01-26 18:52
Reading progress update: I've read 220 out of 560 pages.
El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America - Carrie Gibson

just finished a long chapter that basically dealt with the crucial years of about 1830-1845 in Texas.

 

this book is still too much like a textbook one might be forced to read - and memorize parts of - in school, to really have me riveted all the way through. on the other hand, when we were forced to read History textbooks in school, here in Toronto, it was all Canadian content - Wolfe, Montcalm, 1759, 1812, 1867, Hudson’s Bay Company, Riel, Metis, and so forth. so this is like the History lesson I never had, with the bonus being no test on it later. I like learning when all these things happened - the Alamo, Houston, Austin, anti-slavery attitudes gaining ground, Santa Anna, Mexico City...I knew some things, but not this level of detail.

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text 2020-01-10 02:53
Reading progress update: I've read 81 out of 560 pages.
El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America - Carrie Gibson

broadly speaking, so far this book has brought me up to the year 1700 in 81 pages, and all that that entails when it comes to the Spanish in North America. focus has mainly been on Florida, New Mexico, and California. this is the most ‘textbook-y’ book I’ve read in quite a while - meaning it’s a bit dry at times, with a lot of names and dates - but I like it, and I’m learning a lot.

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text 2020-01-09 02:28
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 560 pages.
El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America - Carrie Gibson

when it comes to Nonfiction, I’m supposed to be focusing on espionage-related stuff this month. but, did you ever feel compelled to read a book - not being sure why, and not questioning it? El Norte it is!

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