México, D.F: Secretaría de Educación Pública; Fondo de Cultura Economica, Fondo USA, 2010. b/w plates, ports., facs., bibls., color pict. fldg. wrps. OCLC: 639163012. Item #95950
Photographic memoirs of one of the most influential personages linked to the cultural development in the post-Revolutionary Mexico. This "family album" dedicated to writer, philosopher and politician José Vasconcelos (b. Mexico 1882 -1959) comprises a collection of rarely seen intimate images: the years previous and after his intense political career. Photographs of the "Maestro de la Juventud de América" (Teacher of the Youth of America) as a newborn baby, his childhood, young years and the intimate images of a family patriarch, in a period that his son Héctor Vasconcelos describes as "during the 'years of the eagle' when he gave a turn towards the right and conservatism and a return to the fervent Catholicism that was instilled by my grandmother in his childhood: in my opinion a personal and national tragedy"--p. 17. The book commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of the author of "Ulises Criollo" and "la Raza Cósmica" and founder of the Mexican Ministry of Education (SEP) amongst other historic achievements. Contents: Presentación / Alonso Lujambio -- Introducción / Rafael Vargas, Xavier Guzmán Urbiola -- Carácter y destino / Héctor Vasconcelos -- Cronología / Claude Fell -- Agradecimientos -- Archivos consultados.