Ensayos

Mujeres en la Militancia: el caso de Nicaragua

Con pocas excepciones, mientras prometen cambios en el futuro, cuando y si acaso, llegan al poder, reflejan la misma realidad que prometieron destruir. Para sus miembros femeninos y para la sociedad entera, el cambio es algo posible únicamente en el futuro.

Un mensaje resplandece en el freeway

Llos carteles publicitarios cuentan la historia de Los Angeles en tiempo real y en su entorno mas natural: los freeways. Un artista, Steve Martin, lo captó en una tiernísima película de 1991, “LA Stories”.

Lakers como metáfora de identidad y de amor (VIDEO)

Como nosotros, los Lakers envejecieron. Siguieron, eso sí, practicando el arte de la pretensión: “No tenemos que olvidar que somos quienes somos”, decía uno de ellos a la prensa dos días antes de la terrible derrota.

Para una poeta ausente

…para una poeta ausente Martha Kornblith Oraciones para un dios ausente Martha Kornblith, acumulada su desgracia en ciernes por su simultánea condición de mujer, judía, poeta, alma torturada por las hormigas de la sensibilidad, dialoga con Vincent Van Gogh. Como otras mujeres, artistas, seres perseguidos, amenazados por lo insoportable, encontró en las cartas del pintor…

The Walkouts of 1968 and the Press

The March 1968 walkouts by Hispanic students in Los Angeles –a series of massive boycotting of classes that lasted more than one week—and their aftermath, changed the self perception of the Latino community in Los Angeles. This was accomplished by promoting reform of the public school system and introducing Mexican American studies into the curriculum, promoting civic participation by area Hispanics, increasing available avenues of higher education to thousands of high school students, and reducing overall drop out and absenteeism for years.

Group Formation During the California Gold Rush

Historians studying the California Gold Rush have debated how the miners that went there to find gold became a cohesive group –the forty-niners- in the context of their interaction, both with other groups –Chinese, Hispanics, Blacks- and among themselves.  While some analyzed how the miners had to struggle for order –against the disorder brought by…

The Kitchens of the Revolution: Women in Militant Organization

The examples of Nicaragua and El Salvador One of the main characteristics of revolutionary movements from the French Revolution on was the topic of women liberation. Each and every one of them offered in its program a sympathetic account of the submission of women under the current regime, and a sometimes detailed plan which in…

Chicanos are Aztecs, Anglos are Spaniards

Chicanos are Aztecs, Anglos are Spaniards: between Colonial America and the work of Gloria Anzaldúa With the conquista of America by Spain a clash of historic proportions took place between European economic forces –with their superior technology and driven by the need of mercantilism to find sources for trade– and a Mesoamerica establishment led by…

Cold Asado on Sunset Boulevard: Argentines in Los Angeles

‘No soy de aquí, ni soy de allá, no tengo edad, ni porvenir…’ Facundo Cabral, Argentine singer and songwriter. Introduction In December 2001, my mother called from our native Buenos Aires. She was worried about her life savings, which were deposited in a bank. The Argentine peso was by then linked to the American dollar,…

‘Mary Barton’ as a historical document

Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘Mary Barton’ as a historical document There are three different readings of “Mary Barton”. The first is as a novel. The second, as a tale told by a middle class intellectual woman in the year of the European revolutions, 1848, and the third, as an historical source of the time. The three aspects…

On The Dust Bowl

Historians studying the Dust Bowl crisis and its aftermath have debated how it affected the working class in both the American rural and industrial sectors. While some analyzed the causes of the Dust Bowl migration during the time that Capitalism expanded into agriculture in Oklahoma, others studied its effects in the states they migrated to,…

Media or state: who Controls the Manipulation of Public Opinion

Media or State: Who Controls the Manipulation of Public Opinion The Committee on Public Information and The Los Angeles Times On April 13, 1917, only one week after the United States declared war on Germany, the Los Angeles Times announced that President Woodrow Wilson named by executive order a “Press Agent: Blanche Bates’ (a famous…