Alfredo E. Cardenas

About Alfredo E. Cárdenas

Author of Balo’s War, A Novel About the Plan of San Diego

Alfredo E. Cárdenas has written book reviews for the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the Journal of South Texas, Catholic Southwest, and History and Culture and authored historical articles for the Journal of South Texas and The Handbook of Texas. In addition, he publishes a popular blog, Soy de Duval, dealing with the history of Duval County, Texas.

Cárdenas was born, raised, and educated in San Diego, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, which he put into practice in many positions in government and with social service agencies and political campaigns. He also received a Master of Arts in History from Texas State University.

He served as director of community and economic development for Duval County before founding and publishing the Duval County Picture, a weekly newspaper in San Diego. He also served as mayor of the City of San Diego in Texas for two terms, from 1992-1999. After serving seven years as the editor of the South Texas Catholic, a magazine for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he retired to dedicate his time to running MCM Books.

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