All They Will Call You

All They Will Call You is the harrowing account of the worst airplane disaster in California s history, which claimed the lives of thirty two passengers, including twenty eight Mexican citizens farmworkers who were being deported by the U.S government Outraged that media reports omitted only the names of the Mexican passengers, American folk icon Woody Guthrie penned aAll They Will Call You is the harrowing account of the worst airplane disaster in California s history, which claimed the lives of thirty two passengers, including twenty eight Mexican citizens farmworkers who were being deported by the U.S government Outraged that media reports omitted only the names of the Mexican passengers, American folk icon Woody Guthrie penned a poem that went on to become one of the most important protest songs of the twentieth century, Plane Wreck at Los Gatos Deportee It was an attempt to restore the dignity of the anonymous lives whose unidentified remains were buried in an unmarked mass grave in California s Central Valley For nearly seven decades, the song s message would be carried on by the greatest artists of our time, including Pete Seeger, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez, yet the question posed in Guthrie s lyrics, Who are these friends all scattered like dry leaves would remain unanswered until now.Combining years of painstaking investigative research and masterful storytelling, award winning author Tim Z Hernandez weaves a captivating narrative from testimony, historical records, and eyewitness accounts, reconstructing the incident and the lives behind the legendary song This singularly original account pushes narrative boundaries, while challenging perceptions of what it means to be an immigrant in America, but importantly, it renders intimate portraits of the individual souls who, despite social status, race, or nationality, shared a common fate one frigid morning in January 1948.
All They Will Call You All They Will Call You is the harrowing account of the worst airplane disaster in California s history which claimed the lives of thirty two passengers including twenty eight Mexican citizens farmwo

  • Title: All They Will Call You
  • Author: Tim Z. Hernandez
  • ISBN: 9780816534845
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “All They Will Call You”

    1. In his most recent work Tim Hernandez is at once poet, novelist, detective, historian, and above all a consummate listener. His sensitivity to the stories enshrined in Woody Guthrie's "Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee)" is breathtaking. The stories that emerge in his novelistic telling are riveting.

    2. I first heard about Hernandez's book on NPR last year—and it was the first time I'd ever heard of the plane crash at Los Gatos and the poem it inspired in Woodie Guthrie. I remember bursting into tears at that feature. I did it again as I finished Hernandez's book.Because the crash happened so long ago and Hernandez had to piece so much together despite time and poor record-keeping, this is not a straight-up factual retelling. This book is more of an tribute to the lives that were lost, with s [...]

    3. I read the author's Manana Means Heaven a couple years ago, and I loved it. So I was eager to read Hernandez's latest, All They Will Call You. I was not disappointed. Omigod, what a book. Hernandez brings this heartbreaking story to life through both beautiful storytelling and gritty details: "Paper, Ladies garments, Unexplained number of shoes, Baby clothes" This is a list of the debris that rained from the sky as the plane crashed. And the depiction of the crash is where I lost it and broke do [...]

    4. Hernandez tells this unbearably sad story with a poet's lyricism, a novelist's eye for detail, and a journalist's nose for the truth. A wonderful piece of work - a book that honors the dead and the living, and reminds us of the fragility of life and the durability of memory.Full review here: jjawilson.wordpress/2017/

    5. I first heard the Woody Guthrie song about the deportees in the 70's. Arlo Guthrie was singing it in San Jose, California at the university there. The song stunned me and this was during the time that many of the Cesar Chavez boycotts and organizing were happening. It has continued to be one of my favorite songs. Thus, when I learned that Tim Hernandez had written a book about the people who were last in that plane crash, I immediately wanted to buy it.The book is a heartfelt tribute to the peop [...]

    6. A beautiful way to tell this long untold story. Tim Z. Hernandez had given a fitting tribute in giving names to these previously anonymous people. A powerful story.

    7. Well-researched and devastatingly moving. Paints a face to some of victims of the 1949 plane disaster Woody Guthrie's poem "Plane Wreck at Los Gatos" was based on.

    8. As a native Californian, I can't believe I first learned of the Plane Wreck at Los Gatos through the public library and Woody Guthrie Center here in Tulsa, OK. All They Will Call You is obviously well-researched, and Tim Z. Hernandez clearly cares about the stories he tells.

    9. Great story about the people who were forgotten in a tragic accident many years ago. Admire the research the author did tracking down the families and listening to their memories. A great reminder that the media always has a slant, a preference for some people's stories over others. Thanks for bringing these people to life.

    10. "Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee)" - a Woody Guthrie poem that Martin Hoffman then wrote the tune. In 1958 Pete Seeger records the song, as well as Joan Baez, Willie Nelson, Judy Collins, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Arlo Guthrie, The Byrds and Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson. This is the harrowing account of "the worst airplane disaster in California's history, which claimed the lives of thirty-two passengers, including twenty-eight Mexican citizens - farmworkers who were d [...]

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