By Walter Noble Burns
First released in 1932 and not reprinted in view that, this old drama re-creates the existence and adventures of Joaquin Murrieta, a Hispanic social insurgent in California in the course of the tumultuous Gold Rush. released in the course of the nice melancholy, at a time of mass deportations of Hispanos to Mexico, this sympathetic portrait of Murrieta and Mexican americans used to be a distinct voice of social protest. the writer romanticizes the pastoral society of Mexican California into which Murrieta used to be born and introduces the protagonist as a quiet, sincere, unpretentious, and reserved resident of observed Mill Flat, California. however the rape and homicide of his spouse, Rosita, through racist Anglo miners unleashes his vengeful rage. making a choice on up his pistols, Murrieta tracks and kills Rosita's murderers and defends Hispanos opposed to violence and dispossession by means of rampaging gold rush miners. Richard Griswold del Castillo discusses the importance of Murrieta to twentieth-century Mexican americans and Chicanos and of Burns's background to modern knowing of the mysterious social bandit.