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María Amparo Ruiz de Burton

19th Amendment Outdoor Museum

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 20, 2021
1. María Amparo Ruiz de Burton Marker
Inscription.  The first female Mexican American author to write in English. Who Would Have Thought It? was the first novel to be written in English by a Mexican living in the United States. The book was published in 1872 without the author's name on the title page and details the struggles of a Mexican American girl born in Indian captivity, Lola, in an American society obsessed with class, religion, race and gender. She often wrote about ethnicity and gender and its impact on one's power in society. A friend of Mary Todd Lincoln, her close look at government corruption also led her to campaign for better government for all. De Burton also used her writing to counter portrayals of Mexicans and critique discrimination of Californios.
 
Erected 2020 by Maren Conrad.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicHispanic AmericansWomen. In addition, it is included in the Women's Suffrage 🗳️ series list.
 
Location. 38° 34.531′ N, 121° 
María Amparo Ruiz de Burton Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 20, 2021
2. María Amparo Ruiz de Burton Marker - wide view
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28.884′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is on K Street near 19th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1900 K Street, Sacramento CA 95811, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clara Shortridge Foltz (a few steps from this marker); Lavinia Gertrude Watson (a few steps from this marker); Charlotte Amanda Spears Bass (a few steps from this marker); Zitkála-Šá (a few steps from this marker); Luella Johnston (a few steps from this marker); Alice Dunbar Nelson (a few steps from this marker); Gertrude Weil (within shouting distance of this marker); Jovita Idár (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
 
More about this marker. This is one of nineteen markers that comprise the 19th Amendment Outdoor museum, erected in 2020 as part of the "I Vote" project, honoring suffragettes and their work.
 
Also see . . .
1. María Ruiz de Burton (Wikipedia). "María Amparo Ruiz de Burton (July 3, 1832 – August 12, 1895) was the first female Mexican-American author to write in English. In her career she published two books: Who Would Have Thought It? (1872) and The Squatter and the Don (1885); and one play: Don Quixote de la Mancha: A Comedy in Five Acts: Taken From Cervantes' Novel of That Name (1876).... Ruiz de Burton's work is considered to be a precursor to Chicano literature, giving the perspective of the conquered Mexican population that, despite being granted full rights of citizenship by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, was a subordinated and marginalized national minority..." (Submitted on April 26, 2021.)
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2. López: María Amparo Ruiz de Burton (Wonder Woman of the West) (Rio Grande Guardian, Sept. 29, 2019). (Submitted on April 26, 2021.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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