Joan Didion's Barrio Boy

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Joan Didion 's article “Notes From A Native Daughter” and Ernesto Galarza 's piece “Barrio Boy” both talk a lot about how life was like in Sacramento while they were growing up. In Ernesto Galarza 's article, he writes about living in lower Sacramento and Didion 's essay, talks about life in a different area of Sacramento, California. Ernesto Galarza 's Sacramento is filled with a lot of Mexicans and other Latin American people living in a particular area of the city. Barrio Boy 's Sacramento took place in around the 1910s-1920s which was the early 20th century. Joan Didion 's Sacramento was at a later time, which was 1940s-1950s and was also a time when World War II took place. Since these stories both take place in Sacramento,…show more content…
Gringo is a term Hispanics use to describe U.S citizens in the United States. The police officers, bartenders, and other people working in different occupations were almost all gringos. "As poor refugees, the first concern was to find a place to sleep, then to eat and find work" (Galarza 267). Many of the Latin American immigrants who were fleeing their home country to go live in Sacramento, California were poor and did not have a lot of money to make a living. For them to make a living, they needed to find jobs, and that was one of their goals so they can have a significant life in Sacramento, California.
In Joan Didion 's book titled Slouching Towards Bethlehem, it has a story inside of the book named "Notes From A Native Daughter." This story is mostly about living in Sacramento, California and notably on what it is like living and being born and raised in a city like Sacramento, California. "Notes From A Native Daughter" takes place in the era of the 1950s which is more current then Ernesto Galarza 's article, "Barrio Boy." At one point in this story, Joan Didion mentions that "Sacramento Is California" (Didion 172). As Didion refers to Sacramento, California in this way, she relates to the history of the city of Sacramento, California. For example, Didion says in her text, "But it is characteristic of Californians to speak grandly of the past as if it had simultaneously begun, tabula rasa, and reached a happy ending on the day the wagons started west" (Didion

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