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Document Details


Title: Bill, Antonio
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Texas, Arlington. Central Library. Special Collections Department
Collection: Tejano Voices: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project
Description: The interview begins with Bill's family history and genealogy. Bill states that a primary reason he became involved in political life was his childhood memories of overt race discrimination against Mexican Americans in his hometown, Kerrville, Texas, and the verbal indignities he had to endure in everyday life. Bill recounts his high school graduation and that out of the fifteen Mexican American students that graduated, he was the only one that went on to college. He talks about attending Ranger College and later Texas A & I University in Kingsville, Texas. Bill talks about some of the professors he had at Texas A & I such as Charles Cotrell, who influenced him toward a direction of political involvement. He tells about becoming an elementary school teacher in Brownsville, Texas. Bill discusses his decision to move to Alice, Texas and run for the Alice school district board of education. He elaborates upon the problems associated with Mexican Americans in political life in Kerrville and states that due to their lack of numbers there, it was virtually impossible for Mexican Americans to get anywhere in politics at that time. His decision to move to Alice was due in part to the high percentage of Mexican Americans in their populations which allowed for a greater probability of election. Bill discusses his involvement, with PASO, MAYO, La Raza Unida Party, and Involvement of Mexican Americans in Gainful Endeavors (IMAGE), a social concerns organization based in San Antonio. He discusses details of campaign financing and management and the significance of his failed elections which even though not elected helped him to build a reputation that would help him in later political endeavors.
Extent: 57 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_065.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Bill, Antonio, 1943-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 22-Dec-1943
Speaker place of birth: Kerrville, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 55
Document location: Alice, TX
Document date: 16-Jun-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Mexican American Youth Organization, San Antonio, TX; Mexican Americans in Gainful Endeavors, San Antonio, TX; Ranger College, Ranger, TX
Locations discussed: Alice, TX; Brownsville, TX; Kerrville, TX; Kingsville, TX; North America; San Antonio, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Alice, TX; Brownsville, TX; Children; Education; Education, Higher; Hispanic Americans; Hispanic Americans--Texas; Kerrville, TX; Kingsville, TX; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Mexican American Youth Organization, San Antonio, TX; Mexican Americans in Gainful Endeavors, San Antonio, TX; North America; Oral history; Public schools; Racism; Ranger College, Ranger, TX; San Antonio, TX; School administrators; School boards; Texas; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000186-131