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Adela Sloss Vento

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Adela Sloss-Vento (c. 27 September 1901 - 4 April 1998) as a young American woman of Mexican descent, she was determined to become a writer, hailing from southern Texas, born in Karnes City, educated in San Juan, later lived in Corpus Christi during World War II, and then settled in Edinburg, she used her pen as weapon for more than sixty years, countering racial discrimination and exploitation of laborers, all the while championing the civil rights of Mexican Americans through the written word. Sloss-Vento comes from a merging of cultures. Her mother, Anselma Garza Zamora, was Mexican/Spanish/Native American and nursed her community as a curandera (healer) and as a midwife. Her father, David Henry Sloss, was of German (father) and Mexican/Spanish/Native American (mother) descent. She was born in Karnes City, Texas on September 27, 1901. Her father left when she was seven and her mother raised four children in Southern Texas, along the border where people moved freely back and forth over a line that was virtually invisible prior the official establishment of US Border Patrol in 1924. She was an American woman, culturally, geographically, and politically shaped by the dynamic amalgamation of people, places, and ideas.

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