All They Will Call You

All They Will Call You

The Telling of the Plane Wreck at Los Gatos Canyon

Book - 2018
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"All They Will Call You is the harrowing account of the worst airplane disaster in California's history, which claimed the lives of thirty-two passengers, including twenty-eight Mexican citizens-farmworkers who were being deported by the U.S. government. Outraged that media reports omitted only the names of the Mexican passengers, American folk icon Woody Guthrie penned a poem that went on to become one of the most important protest songs of the twentieth century, Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee). It was an attempt to restore the dignity of the anonymous lives whose unidentified remains were buried in an unmarked mass grave in California's Central Valley. For nearly seven decades, the song's message would be carried on by the greatest artists of our time, including Pete Seeger, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez, yet the question posed in Guthrie's lyrics, Who are these friends all scattered like dry leaves? would remain unanswered-until now.Combining years of painstaking investigative research and masterful storytelling, award-winning author Tim Z. Hernandez weaves a captivating narrative from testimony, historical records, and eyewitness accounts, reconstructing the incident and the lives behind the legendary song. This singularly original account pushes narrative boundaries, while challenging perceptions of what it means to be an immigrant in America, but more importantly, it renders intimate portraits of the individual souls who, despite social status, race, or nationality, shared a common fate one frigid morning in January 1948."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Tucson :, The University of Arizona Press,, 2018
Edition: First paperback edition
Description: xvi, 223 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780816537372
0816537372
Branch Call Number: 363.12465 Her

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PimaLib_HollyS Apr 07, 2017

This book hits every mark. From the amazing author who brought us Mañana Means Heaven, a poignant telling of the 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos. Hernandez combines a reporter's eye with the heart of a storyteller to offer a view into the lives of those who lost their lives on that fateful day. His compassion for fellow human beings shines through in every beautiful word delivered, while his field notes provide insight into the painstaking research that went into the project. I will carry this book in my heart and mind for a long time.

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