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.