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Document Details


Title: Calderon, Ruby
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 Calderóns talk about their individual family histories and genealogies. Mr. Calderón tells about his experiences growing up in a family of migrant agricultural workers. He recollects the race discrimination atmosphere in West Texas and how it was so much more severe than in the Waco area where he was born and raised. Mr. Calderón gives details about his 20-year service in the military and elaborates upon his 3-year service in Spain. Both talk about their political involvement with LULAC, MAYO, Raza Unida Party, PASO, the Mexican American Alliance, and the Democratic Party. Mr. Calderón discusses the internal politics, problems, and activities in each of these organizations and elaborates upon their objectives, mission, achievements, and failures. He talks about his role in the founding of Juárez-Lincoln University (a Mexican American institute of higher learning) in Austin, Texas, in 1976, and he gives details about what led to its failure. He addresses the high school dropout problem among Mexican American students and he expresses his opinion why the situation exists. Mr. Calderón concludes the interview by calling upon the Mexican American community to renew their efforts to organize and fight for acceptable solutions to Mexican American issues that remain unresolved in Texas.
Extent: 33 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_124.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1997 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Calderon, Ruby
Speaker gender: Female
Document location: Austin, TX
Document date: 25-Oct-1997
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Democratic Party, US; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; League of United Latin American Citizens, Corpus Christi, TX; Mexican American Youth Organization, San Antonio, TX
Locations discussed: Austin, TX; North America; Texas; United States; Waco, TX
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Austin, TX; Democratic Party, US; Education; Family; Family--History; Hispanic American families; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; League of United Latin American Citizens, Corpus Christi, TX; Mexican American Youth Organization, San Antonio, TX; Migrant agricultural laborers; North America; Oral history; Political activists; Public schools; Texas; United States; Waco, TX
Topics discussed - Other terms: Political organizations
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000188-133