In September 1915, Ben Felton, an African American porter at the Austin American newspaper was approached by several Mexicans who asked him to join an effort to take Texas from the United States. George Washington, Nelson Sneed, J. “Luck” Prosser, “General” Marion Jackson, and African Americans living in the small community of Creedmoor in southern Travis County, had similar experiences.
One of the greatest disappointments in researching South Texas history has been the lack of original personal sources from Mexican Americans. It is rare that you come across letters or journals on their personal lives and family stories. While editing my father’s upcoming book La Voz de Amor I came across a journal from my grandmother who died when my father was 10 and another personal record from my mother about when my father was in the service.
The turnout for our Mission book signing was not quite what we expected but it was good, nonetheless. The Speer Memorial Library did a great job promoting and hosting the event and we are very grateful to them.
American filibusters and Mexican sympathizers were active all along the Mexican American border area, from north of Laredo to Brownsville long before the Plan of San Diego came to light. This activity was being investigated by American authorities, especially the Bureau of Investigation.
The Christmas holidays offered me an opportunity to do some reading, a luxury I don’t find time for during my regular days. I had the opportunity to read two books on Tejano history, one with direct ties to South Texas and the subject of my book Balo’s War.
Motivos de Navidad
por Servando Cardenas
Sabed vosotros, los que en Nochebuena
tenéis tranquilidad y dicha plena
y en vuestra mesa deliciosa cena
y lumbre en vuestro hogar:
Que ya las noches de tristeza y luto
de mi alma huyeron, y también disfruto,
como vosotros ese gran tributo
divino de gozar.
During his lifetime my father, Servando Cardenas, wrote hundreds if not thousands of poems. Unfortunately, over time, many of them were lost either in moves, in floods or perhaps discarded. Those that remain will appear in our next book entitled “La Voz de Amor” scheduled for release in the Spring of 2016.
In my previous blog I referenced the flag of the Republic of the Rio Grande as the graphic for our new Web page. It was selected because the Republic of the Rio Grande got its start in the brush country of South Texas.
Welcome to our new Web site. It’s been a year since we launched MCM Books. How time flies when you’re having fun.
In the last year we launched our first book, Balo’s War, A Novel About the Plan of San Diego, and have been on a whirlwind tour of South Texas holding book signings. We started in San Diego for the centennial celebration of the Plan of San Diego and went from there. We have been in Laredo, Hebbronville, San Antonio, Corpus Christi (twice), Mission, McAllen, Pharr, and Alice.
pleasure of visiting the Museum of South Texas and I have to say I
was pleasantly surprised. I did not expect to find a first class
museum in the small town of Edinburg, population 77,100. Well maybe
its not the small town I remembered from years ago but it certainly
is no metropolis.
|Met with Shan Rankin, Executive Director of the Museum
of South Texas and René Ballesteros, Archival Assistant .
genuinely impressed. Not only are they very informative and relevant
they included genuine artifacts in very professionally done exhibit
surroundings. Forgive me if I do not use the correct terminology but
needless to say it was all very enlightening and entertaining.
by Shan Rankin, Executive Director of the museum. Shan and I have a
mutual friend and we both worked for Senator John Tower circa 1975;
she was in the Dallas office and I in the Austin district office. We
had a good time reminiscing about those days and the people we both
knew back then.
museum and told us about their recent acquisition of the Agustin
Garza collection. In case the name is not familiar, he was the
military commander and one of the signers of the Plan of San Diego. I
did not get to see the collection because it was being digitized at
where Basilio Ramos was taken after he was arrested with the
|Jail where Basilio Ramos was first held.|
San Diego. The jail is part of the Museum of South Texas complex. It
is currently under restoration but I was able to see it. The museum’s
archives has many other collections including an extensive photograph
collection of homes in the Rio Grande Valley.
special exhibits and shows, including on weekends. It is well worth a
visit if you are in the area; it is also worth a special trip if you
do not live in the area. There is a lot to see in the Rio Grande
link to their Web site.