Plan of San Diego felt as far away as Central Texas

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.

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Personal journals are crucial in historical and genealogical research

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.

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Holiday reading list proved enlightening

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.

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Motivos de Navidad: Spanish Christmas poem from upcoming book

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.

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Book of poems scheduled for release in Spring 2016

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.

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The Republic of Rio Grande was organized in South Texas

Bandera de la República del Río Grande por Daniel Rodríguez
Bandera de la República del Río Grande por Daniel Rodríguez

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.

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New Web site, new look, new books in the works

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.

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