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By Marie Theresa Hernandez

Growing up because the daughter of a funeral director in fortress Bend County, Texas, Marie Theresa Hernández was once a common customer to the San Isidro Cemetery, a burial position for Latino staff on the Imperial Sugar corporation, established in close by Sugar Land. in the course of those years she bought from her mom and dad a feeling of what it was once wish to reside as an ethnic minority in Jim Crow Texas. consequently, returning to the cemetery as an ethnographer provided Hernández a welcome chance to start piecing jointly a story of the lives and struggles of the Mexican American group that shaped her heritage.

even if, Hernández quickly discovered that San Isidro contained hidden depths. The cemetery was once outfitted at the former grounds of an outdated slave-owning plantation. Her tale fast burgeoned from one in every of immigrant employees operating the land of the enormous sugar corporation to at least one of the slave workers who had labored the sugar plantations a long time prior to, yet whose background have been mostly burnt up of the narrative of the prosperous, white-majority county. very similar to an archeologist, Hernández begun conscientiously brushing away layers of time to bare the delicate, entombed remnants of a posh, unknown past.

a certified photographer in addition to a pupil, Hernández presents visible photographs to spur the reader’s mind's eye and anchor the narrative in historic truth. She mines interviews, newspaper bills, and different fundamental sources—interpreted via her personal wealthy feel of position and time—to reconstruct the id of a group the place the previous South, the rich New South, and the tradition from south of the border all comingle to shape a virtually iconic image for today’s America.

during this complicated and nuanced, self-reflexive ethnography, Hernández interweaves own reminiscence and crew background, ethnic event and sophistication . . . even dying and life.

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