1959 - 1966 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HAND WRITTEN BY A LATINO LOS ANGELES SENIOR JUST PRIOR TO AND AFTER THE U.S. POLITICAL WORLD IS ROCKED AND HER MOTHER BEGRUDGINGLY ACCEPTS HER WHITE AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT BOYFRIEND

By: ANNA ELIZABETH LEE

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On offer is a delightful collection of journal entries written by a young woman at the beginning of the 1960s in urban United States. This collection consists of 33 hand-written, loose-leaf pages 8.5 inches by 11.0 inches. The pages are unlined and in good condition. Her handwriting is quite legible. Anna Elizabeth Lee is a high school senior living in Los Angeles when she begins this record. Her entries are occasional and, in 33 pages, run from June, 1959 to April, 1966. In them, she recounts many of the things that would capture the interest of teenage girls - principally boys. "... I think I'd better tell you about Steve (while everyone is downstairs). At first he was just a cute boy in my Spanish class - or before he was just 'Esteven Curry'. Then he became a cute boy in class and then Anita and Winda Weeks invited me to their party and "HE" was there. ..." [June 22, 1959]. Things had changed by July: "I hate the name Curry." [July 20, 1959]; "Still do". [Mar 28, 1961]. The next several pages offer a chatty series of observations and thoughts about other young people that she knows. In the infrequent entries, she mentions many of them by name and talks about things that they do as well as tasks she was responsible for: "Last night Jim, Roger, Lois, Don, [ ] (their dog) and I went to the library. We didn't get home until 10:00 pm. Then I did my work, cleaned the dining room, 3rd and second floor, stairs and halls, 1st and 2nd floor bathrooms. Princess Margaret's wedding. It was very beautiful. [May 7, 1960]. Things changed for her in 1962. "... Have not said anything to you at all about my latest (and I hope last) flame - Pete Emker ..." [Aug 1962]. Emker had joined the United States Air Force and been commissioned as a lieutenant. She comments that her mother likes him "enough" but is unhappy that he is Caucasian, leading a reader to suspect that she is perhaps latino - there are several passages written by Anna in Spanish. As of April, 1965, they were still together and she records a worried conversation with Emker's sister: "Pete was sent to the Phillipines ... about a week ago Monica phoned me on Monday and told me. She was pretty upset ("I've already lost my father in a war not my brother too") and so was I ..." [April 19, 1965]. Her journal ends a page later - last entry written in April, 1966. She and Peter Emker got married in 1967. Short as it is, it offers an insight into the life of a late teen / young woman growing up in a turbulent time in America. A genealogist would appreciate the use of full names and references to locations in Michigan where her family originated.

Title: 1959 - 1966 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HAND WRITTEN BY A LATINO LOS ANGELES SENIOR JUST PRIOR TO AND AFTER THE U.S. POLITICAL WORLD IS ROCKED AND HER MOTHER BEGRUDGINGLY ACCEPTS HER WHITE AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT BOYFRIEND

Author Name: ANNA ELIZABETH LEE

Illustrator: /

Categories: Books and Manuscripts General Overview, 20th Century Diary, 20th Century Manuscript,

Publisher: LOS ANGELES, 1959

Book Condition: Good

Type: Manuscript

Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall

Seller ID: 0008173

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