Nineteenth-Century Women's Autobiography Autobiographies By Women Of Color - Essay

Autobiographies By Women Of Color

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Genaro Padilla (essay date 1990)

SOURCE: "'Yo Sola Aprendi': Mexican Women's Personal Narratives from Nineteenth-Century California," in Revealing Lives: Autobiography, Biography, and Gender, edited by Susan Groag Bell and Marilyn Yalom, State University of New York Press, 1990, pp. 115-29.

[In the essay below, Padilla explores Mexican women's accounts of life in California before it became part of the United States.]

Desde muy niñta, ántes de venir de Mexico, me habían enseñado á leer…. Ya cuando era mujercita en California, yo sola aprendí á escribir, valiéndome para ello de los libros que veia—imitaba las...

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