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Document Details


Title: Cotrell, Charles
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: Dr. Cotrell describes his early relationships with Mexican American friends and neighbors and gives a brief overview of his education. He discusses the Mexican American student activism he witnessed and supported as a professor at Texas A & I and St. Mary's universities, and gives his opinion about why those campuses and communities generated such activity. Dr. Cotrell speaks of the formation of PASO (Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations) and MAYO (Mexican American Youth Organization) and describes his role therein as that of guide and supporter of the involved students (who included José Angel Gutiérrez) and their ideas. He briefly discusses his participation in the Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC). He analyzes the importance of the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (and its 1975 and 1982 extensions) in bringing the Mexican American community and other minority groups into the mainstream of the electoral process. Dr. Cotrell talks of San Antonio and Bexar County politics and leaders, devoting the most detail to Henry Cisneros and María Antonietta Berriozáball (CMAS No. 33). He laments the lack of dominant leadership figures and the effects of political term limits on the development of Mexican American leaders. In conclusion, Dr. Cotrell speaks of his hopes for and doubts about San Antonio's future.
Extent: 47 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_020.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1996 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Cotrell, Charles, 1940-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1940
Speaker place of birth: San Antonio, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Educator
Age at speaking: 56
Document location: San Antonio, TX
Document date: 02-Jul-1996
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Mexican American Youth Organization, San Antonio, TX
Historical events discussed: U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965; Voting Rights Act passed, U.S., 1965
Locations discussed: North America; San Antonio, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Community; Education; Friendship; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American politicians; Hispanic Americans; Mexican American Youth Organization, San Antonio, TX; North America; Oral history; Political activists; Politicians; San Antonio, TX; Student movements; Texas; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965; United States; Voting Rights Act passed, U.S., 1965
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000194-139