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Document Details


Title: Espinosa, Rudy
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: Espinosa talks of his childhood, educational experiences, and family, including their work as a migrant laborers. He discusses his political activity in Crystal City and his involvement (and that of other family members) in the Crystal City walkout, and provides insight into the functioning of La Raza Unida party in the area. He also describes Crystal City's dispute with the Lo-Vaca Gas Gathering Company (a subsidiary of Coastal States Gas Corporation). Espinosa comments on Crystal City politics, including its current leadership and electoral races, and talks about the Crystal City ISD and his work as superintendent. He discusses his term as a community college board member, his failed re-election bid, and issues relating to other board races. In concluding the interview, Espinosa gives his opinion of the effects produced by La Raza Unida party and the walkout on Crystal City and its reputation, explains his choice to put his education career ahead of politics, and relates his views on what is needed to promote continued improvement in the lives of Mexican Americans.
Extent: 47 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_104.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Espinosa, Rudy, 1949-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1-Dec-1949
Speaker place of birth: Crystal City, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Educator
Age at speaking: 49
Document location: Crystal City, TX
Document date: 16-Oct-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Texas A&I University, Kingsville, TX
Locations discussed: Crystal City, TX; Kingsville, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Children; Crystal City, TX; Education; Family; Family--History; Hispanic Americans; Kingsville, TX; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Migrant agricultural laborers; North America; Political activists; Political science; Politicians; School administrators; School boards; Texas; Texas A&I University, Kingsville, TX; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Early childhood
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000199-144