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Searching for Joaquin: Myth, Murieta and History in California [Hardcover]

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Pages   225
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2003
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  1893554562  
EAN  9781893554566  


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On a hot July dawn in 1853, a gunfight took place on the western edge of the San Joaquin Valley, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. When the smoke cleared, Joaquin Murieta, one of the most notorious bandits of the Gold Rush lay dead. Soon his severed head was traveling around the new state of California in a pickling jar. Murieta would have an unparalleled afterlife in dime novels and movies, Mexican folksongs and Gold-Rush legends. Anglos regarded him as a homegrown Robin Hood, while Mexicans on both sides of the border celebrated him as an enemy of Yankee rule. And as the legendary bandit's myth grew and his deeds and death were celebrated throughout the world, every detail of his story, down to the color of his eyes, was debated and contested. Not until Bruce Thornton has anyone tried to unravel his legend from his life and to understand the meanings Murieta has acquired on his way to literary and cultural immortality. A penetrating look at the life and times of a celebrated bad man, Searching for Joaquin also probes the role Joaquin Murieta has played in the myth of the old Hispanic California, that sunlit lazy land of missions and ranchos, moonlit plazas and fiestas, high passion and derring-do. As Thornton shows, that myth is accepted as history by many even today, and Murieta continues to play many roles: the chivalric outlaw who settles conflict with violence; and the emblem of a simpler world where life is lived more intensely and passionately; and most of all, the avenging angel who rectifies Anglo misdeeds against powerless Hispanics. Searching for Joaquin opens a window onto a vanished past and also shows how myth and history flow in and out of each other and continue to affect the way we live now. Bruce Thornton is professor of classics and humanities and chairman of the Foreign Language Department at California State University at Fresno. His previous books are Eros: The Myth of Ancient Greek Sexuality, The Plagues of the Mind: The New Epidemic of False Knowledge and Greek Ways: How the Greeks Created Western Civilization. He lives in central California with his wife and two sons.

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A compelling, meticulous, treatise  Apr 14, 2003
Searching For Joaquin: Myth, Murrieta, And History In California by Bruce Thornton (Professor of Classics and Humanities, and Chairman of the Foreign Language Department, California State University - Fresno) is a compelling biography and history of Joaquin Murrieta, one of the most notorious bandits of the Gold Rush era who was to meet his ultimate fate on a hot July dawn in 1853 in a gunfight which took place on the western edge of the San Joaquin Valley (midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles). Long a figure of myth and legend, Searching For Joaquin is a compelling, meticulous, treatise that shows how myth and history can blend into exaggeration, romanticism, and ethnic pride. A work of superb scholarship, Searching For Joaquin is a highly recommended contribution to American Frontier History and Biography.
 

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