About MeMy name is Tomás Summers Sandoval. I'm Chicano from southern Californian, a GenXer, and a fan of the Dodgers and Elvis. I am a husband, a father of three, and in my spare time I'm an asociate professor of Chicana/o~Latina/o Studies and History at Pomona College.
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Welcome to “Monday Blues”–the Spring Break Edition! Here’s a little love song for you from Stevie Ray Vaughan (Texas, 1954-1990). It’s his own tune, “Life Without You.”
JFK spent his last night alive with a room full of Mexican Americans! The above photo was taken at the Rice Hotel, in Houston, on the evening of November 21, 1963. JFK and LBJ and their wives were the guests … Continue reading
Blues god Albert King (Mississippi, 1923-1992) and the prophet Stevie Ray Vaughan (Texas, 1954-1990) performing King’s “Born Under a Bad Sign” in 1983. (King made the tune famous, but it was penned by William Bell and Booker T. Jones.)
Here’s a little Texas blues, Chicano style. Los Lonely Boys performing “Cottonfields & Crossroads” from their 2006 documentary and concert performance of the same name.
Let us celebrate the brilliance of Stevie Ray Vaughan! Born in Texas, on October 3, 1954, he died tragically on August 27, 1990, now 20 years ago. He was a blues master, possessed with an ability few people in human … Continue reading
It’s that time of year again, “Hispanic (Latino) Heritage Month.” What better way to celebrate than to learn a little something? So here it goes: for the next month, I’ll be going out of my way to post some historical … Continue reading
Ladies and gentlemen! Damas y caballeros! It is my pleasure, no, my honor, to present to you… DEEP FRIED BUTTER!!! As detailed in this pleasant and panic-free story from NBC’s Today Show, this “invention” is set to premiere at the … Continue reading
Beginning in spring 1846, after various diplomatic, informal economic, and unofficial militaristic attempts to take and occupy part of Mexico’s northern frontier, the U.S. declared war on its southern neighbor. A decade after their politically unresolved dispute over Tejas, this … Continue reading
“Boys sitting on truck parked at the FSA … labor camp, Robston, Tex.” Photographed Arthur Rothstein, (1915- ) (January 1942) Photograph is part of the Library of Congress collection available online at the LOC flickr page.