By Marie Theresa Hernandez
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 The cemetery was once outfitted at the former grounds of an outdated slave-owning plantation.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 sourcesinterpreted via her personal wealthy feel of position and timeto 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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