Early California through the Eyes of Women, 1815–1848
Edited and translated by Rose Marie Beebe, Robert M Senkewicz
$26.95 Paperback

Indie Fab Book of the Year Awards, History, Foreword Reviews, (Finalist)

When in the early 1870s historian Hubert Howe Bancroft sent interviewers out to gather oral histories from the pre-statehood gentry of California, he didn’t count on one thing: the women. When the men weren’t available, the interviewers collected the stories of the women of the household—sometimes almost as an afterthought. These interviews were eventually archived at the University of California, though many were all but forgotten. Testimonios presents thirteen women’s firsthand accounts from the days when California was part of Spain and Mexico. Having lived through the gold rush and seen their country change so drastically, these women understood the need to tell the full story of the people and the places that were their California.

About The Author
Rose Marie Beebe is Professor of Spanish Literature at Santa Clara University.
Robert M. Senkewicz is Professor of History at Santa Clara University. Beebe and Senkewicz are the coauthors of Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary.

Reviews & Praise
“A treasure many people—scholars, students, and armchair historians—will appreciate.”—California History

“An amazing work of painstaking research, sensitive translation, and clear writing that has given us the gift of understanding California’s Mexican history in a new way.”—Richard Griswold del Castillo, in The Americas

“[Beebe and Senkewicz’s] combination of linguistic excellence and historical context has produced the best translations of important manuscripts from original documents recorded in provincial eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Spanish.”—
Reviews in American History

Book Information
134 b&w illus.
508 Pages
Paperback 978-0-8061-4872-4
Kindle 978-0-8061-5368-1
e-pub 978-0-8061-5369-8
Published August 2015