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David Dorado Romo Translator. These are the Adelitas and Valentinas celebrated in famous corridos mexicanos, but whose destiny was much more profound and tragic than the idealistic words of ballads. These women are valiant, furious, loyal, maternal, and hardworking; they wear a mask that is part immaculate virgin, part mother and wife, and part savage warrior; and they are joined together in the cruel hymn of blood and death from which they built their own history of the Revolution.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. What a disappointment. This book is little more than a pamphlet to begin with, and the author chose to fill the pages with a rambling single chapter that covers the first half of the book.
The second half is given over to photographs the best half of the book by a long shot. For the most part these women were not fighters What a disappointment. For the most part these women were not fighters but camp followers. Mexican men, it seems, are unable to prepare their own food and therefore dragged their women to war with them. If the man was killed, the soldadera basically became the property of another man. If her husband's side was defeated, the woman became the property of the victors to be used or discarded according to the whim of the winner.
Not infrequently these women were murdered en masse. Some few of these women and these are the ones I wanted to read about took up arms and battled on one side or the other.
Some held Army rank as high as Colonel. After the revolution, they found that they had another battle to fight: this one for recognition of service and service pensions. This book falls far short of doing justice to these women.
There isn't even a decent bibliography, although some titles are listed in the body of the narrative. I'll have to search for another book on this topic. Apr 19, Anabel Murillo rated it it was amazing. Mujeres que fueron violentadas, robadas de sus comunidades para satisfacer los deseos sexuales de los revolucionarios, de cualquier frente. Mujeres que vieron tripas, cestos y toda clase de imagen sangrienta.
Que fueron veneradas y muertas por sus lideres, que soportaron grandes jornadas al sol. Oct 12, Ginny Martinez rated it liked it. Wanted to read more of Elena Poniatowska's work. Interesting read, but I realized that I should have read the book in Spanish to truly get what she wanted to say.
Aug 08, Daniela Capistrano rated it really liked it. This is a great collection of photographs. I was disappointed that at page 39, less than halfway in, there ceased to be more historical context, as the info from pages was fascinating. Otherwise, this is a great addition to my Latino Studies collection. Mar 20, Mary rated it it was amazing Shelves: research-mexican-american-history.
The photos are amazing and Elena Poniatowska's narrative was passionate and illuminating. Jul 27, Vida rated it really liked it. The loyalty of these women is astounding. Makes me proud to be Mexican-American. Mar 03, Julie rated it it was ok. Great photos, hard to follow text, but not much text!
About the women soldiers you've never heard about during the Mexican Revolution. Nov 17, Claire rated it really liked it Shelves: art-books. Jan 23, Mills College Library added it. Paloma Orozco rated it really liked it Jan 05, Oshun rated it really liked it Aug 11, Cynthia Jimenez rated it really liked it Jul 11, Hoskarin Rivera rated it it was amazing May 26, JM Alvarez rated it liked it Apr 08, Hellcomeshome rated it it was ok May 15, Lauraathie rated it liked it Jul 05, Susana rated it really liked it Mar 31, Anais rated it really liked it May 15, Jasmine Limon rated it it was amazing Jul 25, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Sep 06, Jun 22, Gina Ruiz added it Shelves: reviewed , history , non-fiction.
Joseph M rated it really liked it Apr 07, Anita Cortes rated it it was amazing Dec 05, Jan 29, Cheryl marked it as xx-dnf-skim-reference. One really does need to have some familiarity with the history before reading. I tried to understand a Wikipedia article but of course that's ridiculously inadequate. This is for students, patriots The pictures are moving even though I didn't understand them.
They are titled only with date, maybe place, not subject s. Dang I wish my schooling had had more history, esp. I keep trying to play catc One really does need to have some familiarity with the history before reading. I keep trying to play catch-up and keep failing.
Nick rated it really liked it Jan 15, Raquel rated it really liked it Jun 05, Georgina Perez rated it it was amazing Mar 11, Erica rated it really liked it Jan 21, Bobby rated it it was amazing Oct 29, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Elena Poniatowska. Elena Poniatowska. Her father was French of Polish ancestry and her mother a Mexican who was raised in France.
Las Soldaderas: Women of the Mexican Revolution
Soldaderas , often called Adelitas , were women in the military who participated in the conflict of the Mexican Revolution , ranging from commanding officers to combatants to camp followers. The largest numbers of soldaderas were in Northern Mexico, where both the Federal Army until its demise in and the revolutionary armies needing them to provision soldiers by obtaining and cooking food, nurse the wounded, and promote social cohesion. In area of Morelos where Emiliano Zapata led revolutionary campesinos , the forces were primarily defensive and based in peasant villages, less like the organized armies of movement of Northern Mexico than seasonal guerrilla warfare. The term soldadera is derived from the Spanish word soldada which denotes a payment made to the person who provided for a soldier's well being. Soldaderas had been a part of Mexican military long before the Mexican Revolution; however, numbers increased dramatically with the outbreak of the revolution. The revolution saw the emergence of a few female combatants and fewer commanding officers coronelas. Soldaderas and coronelas are now often lumped together.
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The photographs of Las Soldaderas and Elena Poniatowska's remarkable commentary rescue the women of the Mexican Revolution from the dust and oblivion of history. These are the Adelitas and Valentinas celebrated in famous corridos mexicanos, but whose destiny was much more profound and tragic than the idealistic words of ballads. The photographs remind Poniatowska of the trail of women warriors that begins with the Spanish conquest and continues to Mexico's violent revolution. These women are valiant, furious, loyal, maternal, and hardworking; they wear a mask that is part immaculate virgin, part mother and wife, and part savage warrior; and they are joined together in the cruel hymn of blood and death from which they built their own history of the Revolution. Las Soldaderas : Women of the Mexican Revolution.