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History professor writes book about El Paso company town
UH History professor Monica Perales' new book, Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community, published by The University of North Carolina Press, details the history and life stories of Mexican Americans who grew up in a company town in El Paso, Texas. For Perales, the story is personal — her grandparents were among the many residents of La Esmelda, as residents called it. Perales recently spoke with class.uh.edu about the new book and what she learned from her research.
- See a collection of photos Perales discovered while researching Smeltertown
- Read the news story about the new book at the Department of History website
- Read the press release from UNC Press
- UH news: Forgotten El Paso History Rediscovered in 'Smeltertown'
Perales can be reached at email@example.com.
Credits: Video interview: Jennifer Palton and Melissa Carroll. Video editing: Brandon Moeller