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Document Details


Title: Guadarrama, Cesareo
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 the Guadarrama family history and genealogy. He tells about his early life as the stepchild of a military man and the family's frequent relocations which did not allow him to establish long term relations and friends while he was growing up. He also relates how the frequent relocating negatively impacted his education by not allowing consistency in instruction and how that led him to become a failure in school. Guadarrama elaborates upon his involvement as a member of neighborhood gangs when he was a youth. He explains the events and influences that led him to seek election to the Seguin school board and how his election campaign was conducted and managed. Guadarrama credits Vincent Patlan as his mentor and states that he had the most positive influence on him and his decisions to enter politics. He talks about how he went about gaining the confidence of the white school board members once he was elected. Guadarrama explains that he left politics for a few years to tend to family and build his business. He details the events that led to his return to politics when he decided to run for the office of Guadalupe County commissioner. Guadarrama describes the campaigns and elections. He discusses county commissioner politics and contrasts them with those of school board politics. He laments the difficulty of getting Mexican American voters out to vote and describes that as a major problem in getting elected. He concludes the interview with a discussion of the failures and accomplishments he has experienced as county commissioner and the issues he hopes to address in the future.
Extent: 73 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_042.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1997 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Guadarrama, Cesareo, 1954-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 10-Mar-1954
Speaker place of birth: Seguin, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 43
Document location: Sequin, TX
Document date: 27-Nov-1997
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Locations discussed: Guadalupe, TX; North America; Seguin, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Community; Education; Families of military personnel; Family; Family--History; Gangs; Guadalupe, TX; Hispanic American families; Hispanic Americans--Texas; North America; Oral history; Political campaigns--Texas; Political science; Politicians; School administrators; School boards; Seguin, TX; Texas; United States; Voting
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000207-152