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Document Details


Title: Cruz, Lauro
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 the history and genealogy of the Cruz family. Cruz discusses his political activism in the Democratic Party as a precinct judge and his later involvement with the Humphrey-Johnson presidential campaign as campaign co-chairman. He describes the difficulties that Mexican Americans experience in seeking elected office due to racial prejudice and stereotyping by the White dominated power structure. Cruz talks about his involvement with the farm workers' Austin March of 1966, and describes political activities by Mexican Americans and labor unions during that protest. He elaborates upon the role that the Raza Unida Party played in denying Governor Dolph Briscoe a majority vote in his re-election bid, and he tells about serving as his special assistant later. Cruz describes the tension created when the Mexican American Democrats (MAD) organization was formed to counter the effectiveness of the Raza Unida Party with voters from the Mexican American Community. Cruz tells of his work as staff manager for Senator Carlos Truan and talks about establishing his own independent public relations company. He concludes the interview with a description of his leadership-training program for Mexican Americans at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
Extent: 59 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_067.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Cruz, Lauro, 1933-
Speaker date of birth: 20-May-1933
Speaker place of birth: Beaumont, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 65
Document location: Austin, TX
Document date: 10-Dec-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Democratic Party, US; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Mexican American Democrats of Texas; Texas. State Legislature; University of Houston, Houston, TX
Locations discussed: Beaumont, TX; Houston, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Beaumont, TX; Democratic Party, US; Education; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American politicians; Hispanic Americans--Texas; Houston, TX; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Labor unions; Mexican American Democrats of Texas; North America; Oral history; Political activists; Political campaigns--Texas; Political campaigns--United States; Political science; Texas; Texas. State Legislature; United States; Universities and colleges; Universities and colleges--Departments; University of Houston, Houston, TX
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000195-140