Sophie Treadwell Interviews Pancho Villa (1921)

Above:  Sophie Treadwell and Pancho Villa on horseback

“This first authentic interview with Francisco Villa was obtained by Sophie Treadwell, the New York Tribune correspondent who sent out from Mexico the first authentic and detailed story of the killing of Carranza.  This story of Villa, the most picturesque figure in modern Mexico, reveals a Villa hitherto a stranger to the American press.”  New York Tribune, August 28, 1921.

Sophie Treadwell stayed overnight at Villa’s ranch and did target shooting in a contest with Villa’s son while she was there.  I read Treadwell’s interview for the LibriVox 71st Short Nonfiction Collection.

You can listen to my recording here. 

You can read the interview here. 


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