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Jovita González was born on 18 January, 1904 in Texas, is a writer. Discover Jovita González's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is She in this year and how She spends money? Also learn how She earned most of networth at the age of 79 years old?

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González continued to teach Spanish and Texas History at W.B. Ray High school in Corpus Christi until her retirement in 1967. After her retirement, she attempted to write her autobiography, yet was unsuccessful due to her diabetes and chronic depression, and eventually left the project unfinished as a thirteen-page outline. In 1983, González died of natural causes in Corpus Christi. The Mexican Americans in Texas History Conference, organized by the Texas State Historical Association, honored González in 1991. Her works are currently held at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin and also in the Southwestern Writers Collection at the Texas State University-San Marcos.


In 1936, she retold the famous folktale The Bullet-Swallower. The tale is about a fearless Mexican man who "left his upper-class environment to face the harshness of the west." By retelling this tale in English with a few Spanish words, González gave English speaking readers the opportunity to understand the Mexican culture as well as see the uniqueness in the narrator of the tale. It was published in Pure Mexicano, J. Frank Dobie's anthology.


It was at the University of Texas in Austin that González met her husband Edmundo E. Mireles. They were married in 1935 in San Antonio but then moved to Del Rio, Texas where Mireles became the principal of San Felipe High School and she an English teacher and the head of the English department. It was in Del Rio where González met Margaret Eimer, the co-author for her book Caballero: A Historical Novel. In 1939, El Progreso publisher Rodolfo Mirabal recruited Mireles, therefore the married couple relocated to Corpus Christi, Texas where they wrote two sets of books, Mi Libro Español (books 1–3) and El Español Elemental for grade schools. González was involved in the Spanish Institute Mireles founded and the Corpus Christi Spanish Program that promoted Spanish-teaching in public schools. González was involved in the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), a league in which Mireles was actually one of the founders. “She was also active as club sponsor for Los Conquistadores, Los Colonizadores, and Los Pan Americanos”. Her early published works include “Folklore of the Texas-Mexican Vaquero” (1927), “America Invades the Border Town” (1930), “Among My People” (1932), and “With the Coming of the Barbed Wire Came Hunger,” along with other pieces in "Puro Mexicano" with Dobie as an editor. “Latin Americans” was written in 1937 for Our Racial and National Minorities: Their History, Contributions, and Present Problems. González was the first person of Mexican descent to write on the topic.


In the late 1930s and throughout the 1940s, González, in collaboration with Margaret Eimer (pseudonym Eve Raleigh), wrote the historical novel Caballero. Caballero is “a historical romance that inscribes and interprets the impact of the US power and culture on the former Mexican northern provinces as they were being politically redefined into the American Southwest in the mid-nineteenth century”. Eimer and González had originally met in Del Rio, Texas, and continued to collaboratively write the novel through mailing the manuscripts after the two relocated to different cities. González spent twelve years compiling information for Caballero from memoirs, family history, and historical sources while conducting research for her master's thesis at the University of Texas. Unfortunately, Caballero was never published within the lifetimes of either Eimer or González. The novel is set during the U.S.-Mexico War, and critiques some aspects of U.S. colonization, but it also critiques the patriarchal structure of the Tejano hacienda system. The narrative centers on the Mendoza y Soria daughters as desiring subjects when they insist on marrying against their father's will. Like González's other works, the novel critiques U.S. historical narratives and modernity itself through an alternative Tejana cultural memory.


She titled her thesis for her master's degree Social Life in Cameron, Starr, and Zapata Counties. The main focus of her thesis was to bridge the gap between the Anglos and the Texas-Mexicans. In the summer of 1929, Gonzaléz spent her time traveling through "the remotest regions of Webb, Zapata, and Starr Counties." A research grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1934 allowed her to do so. While she was doing her research, she interviewed Anglos and Texas-Mexicans of all classes so she could see how they viewed each other. Her thesis Master, Dr. Eugene C Barker, did not want to approve of her work at first. He claimed that it did not have enough historical references and was "an interesting but somewhat odd piece of work." Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda, a friend of Gonzaléz's, thought that it would be used as source material in the future.


With the help of J. Frank Dobie, the Texas Folklore Society turned to "the collection of the folklore of the dispossessed with special attention to the folk traditions of Mexicans in Texas." Through Jovita Gonzaléz's relationship with Dobie, he was able to edit her manuscripts, have deep discussions about Mexican Folklore with her, and promote her "organizational participation in the Texas Folklore Society so that she eventually became its president." She was elected as vice president in 1928 and as president in both 1930 and 1931. Since the society consisted mainly of white male Texans, it was a big deal that Gonzaléz, a Mexican-American woman, was president. Her first of many contributions to the society was to Texas and Southwestern Lore, "a collection of popular folklore from Texas and the Southwest, including ballads, cowboy songs, Native American myths, superstitions and other miscellaneous folk tales." She added tales and songs "of the masculine world of the vaqueros." She would continue to regularly contribute to the Publications of the Texas Folklore Society and present her research at the annual meetings. She had a huge impact on the society and was seen as expert on the culture of Mexican-Americans of the southwest.


After finishing high school, she enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin but she returned home after her freshman year because she did not have the funds to pay for her education. As a result, she spent a couple of years teaching as "a Head Teacher of a two-teacher school." Soon after, she would enroll in Our Lady of the Lake. While she was there, she met J. Frank Dobie, the man that encouraged her to rewrite Mexican folktales that would later be published in his anthology Pure Mexicano as well as the Folklore Publications and the Southwest Review. After graduating from Our Lady of the Lake with a Bachelor of Arts (1927) and teaching at Saint Mary's Hall for a couple of years, she was awarded the Lapham Scholarship to fund her education to get her master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1930, she wrote her master's thesis on “Social Life in Cameron, Starr, and the Zapata Counties”.


In her earliest years spent on her grandparents’ ranch, González heard tales of the people who worked for her grandfather. These stories later became a creative influence upon her work as a folklorist, teacher, and writer. In 1910, when she was just 6 years old, her parents decided to move their family from Roma to San-Antonio so they could receive a better education. This happened to be during the Mexican revolution when many Mexican immigrants were fleeing their country into areas of Texas. González experienced this large influx of immigrants while living in San Antonio.


Jovita González (January 18, 1904 – 1983) was a well-respected Mexican-American folklorist, educator, and writer, best known for writing Caballero: A Historical Novel (co-written with Margaret Eimer, pseudonym Eve Raleigh). González was also involved in the commencement in the League of United Latin American Citizens and was the first female and the first Mexican-American to be the president of the Texas Folklore Society from 1930 to 1932. She saw a disconnect between Mexican-Americans and Anglos so in a lot of her work, she promoted Mexican culture and tried to ease the tensions between each group.

Jovita González was born near the Texas-Mexico border in Roma, Texas on January 18, 1904 to Jacob González Rodríguez and Severina Guerra Barrera. She was born into an unordinary family. Her father's side was filled with hardworking educated Mexicans: "My father, Jacob González Rodríguez, a native of Cadereyta, Nuevo León, came from a family of educators and artisans." On the other hand, her mother's family were descendants of the Spanish colonizers: "Both my maternal grandparents came from a long line of colonizers who had come with Escandón to El Nuevo Santander." Jovita was the fourth out of her parents' seven children.