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Document Details


Title: Castillo, John
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 a discussion of Castillo's family history and genealogy. Throughout the interview, Castillo tells about Pancho Medrano, a prominent Mexican American labor union organizer and activist, and describes his role as a political mentor to other Mexican Americans getting started in politics and public service. He recollects his role in the events that led to the Austin March of 1966 when Mexican American agricultural workers protested poor wages and living conditions. Castillo identifies the purpose of the March and he discusses issues and activities that occurred in connection with it. Castillo also evaluates the successes and failures of the March, and states that several prominent Mexican American politicians emerged out of it. He elaborates upon the Mexican American Democrats (MAD) organizational split up and the resultant formation of the Tejano Democrats. Castillo comments on the role of Mexican American women within Mexican American political organizations and he names some of them that are serving in public office positions. He concludes the interview by discussing his role as an organizer for political candidates seeking elective office, and he give details about how he organized his own campaign for the Houston City Council.
Extent: 63 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_050.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Castillo, John, 1938-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 20-Sep-1938
Speaker place of birth: Houston, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 60
Document location: Houston, TX
Document date: 13-Feb-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Democratic Party, US; Mexican American Democrats of Texas; Tejano Democrats
Locations discussed: Houston, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Agricultural laborers; City council members--Texas; Democratic Party, US; Family; Family--History; Hispanic Americans; Houston, TX; Labor unions--Organizing; Mentoring; Mexican American Democrats of Texas; North America; Oral history; Political activists; Political campaigns--Texas; Political science; Politicians; Tejano Democrats; Texas; Texas--Politics and government; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Austin March of 1966
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000190-135