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Madame Ambassador

Jaramillo, Mari-Luci. Madame Ambassador: The Shoemaker's Daughter. Bilingual Press, 2002.


Mari-Luci Jaramillo tells the story of her life from childhood in Northern New Mexico as a shoemaker's daughter to life as a wife, mother, educator, diplomat, and civil rights advocate. Jaramillo struggled to finish college while working and mothering three children. After joining her husband in the teaching profession, she became involved in remedial education and teaching English as a second language. This part of her life began her interest and work in civil rights for Hispanics.

Her eventual divorce proved a career catalyst when the Carter administration appointed her ambassador to Honduras. Her childhood poverty helped her relate to the Honduran people. Working to complement the diplomatic goals of the U.S and the local politics of military dictators was a difficult task. Jaramillo triumphed in her work and her life.

Review by Cassandra E. Osterloh, Librarian, History & Literary Arts, NHCC

Available in the NHCC Library:

E840.8 .J38 2002

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