"In his memoir that he began in 1908, Santiago Tafolla recalls finding himselfalong with his fellow Mexican Confederate soldiersterrorized by white Confederates. When the ""americanos"" take up arms and threaten to eliminate all the ""greasers,"" Tafolla is forced to desert to Mexico in order to survive.
This fascinating autobiography recounts the life of a man born in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1837, long before Mexico lost control of the region following the Mexican-American War in 1848 and the state achieved U.S. statehood in 1912.
The preservation and publication of this memoir is almost as fascinating as the life described within its pages. The handwritten, Spanish-language manuscriptleft unfinished when Tafolla died at the age of 73was passed from relative to relative until his grandson, Fidel Tafolla, took on the task of translating and transcribing it in the late 1960s. This first-ever publication of a remarkable look at life in the 19th century has been edited by Santiagos great-granddaughters, Carmen Tafolla and Laura Tafolla. It includes sample pages from the original, handwritten manuscript