Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS Research Fellow Plática: Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez

Tue, February 15, 2011 | Quadrangle Room (UNB 3.304), Texas Union, The University of Texas at Austin

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

"Saved by the Peineta or Not: Petra Santa Cruz de Stevens and the Politics of Gender, Sexuality and Race."'

This plática, by CMAS Research Fellow Dr. Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, will focus on an excerpt of her second book Red Devils and Railroads: Race, Gender and Capitalism in the Transnational Nineteenth Century Mexico Borderlands. The book examines how the railroad drastically changed economic, gender, race and class relations both the southern Mexico borderlands between Guatemala, Belize and Chiapas and the U.S./Mexico border to the north. The plática examines how the coming of the railroad to Tucson Arizona in 1880 dramatically shifted the economy to the point of causing an economic depression. In particular, it affected the life of one Tucsonense Mexican-Indigenous pioneer Petra Santa Cruz de Stevens, resulting in her husband's botched double suicide that changed her position in the community forever along the lines of race, class, gender and sexuality.

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