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Document Details


Title: Guerra, Rene
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: Guerra describes his school years and early work experience with his family as a migrant laborer and in his mother's tortilla business. He discusses his experiences during his Viet Nam era military service, focusing on his philosophical differences with army attitudes, and speaks of his preference for the Democratic party over other social movements as a vehicle for change. In addressing the issues of racial and ethnic tensions, Guerra states his belief that most stem from lack of communication and understanding. Guerra recalls his early legal and political career after his return to Edinburg and briefly discusses his election as Hidalgo County district attorney. He also reveals why he wanted to be D.A. and why he enjoys the job, and stresses the importance of ethics and self discipline in law enforcement professionals and people in general. In conclusion, Guerra briefly discusses his future plans, his philosophy about solutions to crime, his most recent campaign for district attorney, why he believes he has the support of his constituents, and recruitment of his assistants.
Extent: 42 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_073.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1997 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Guerra, Rene, 1945-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 14-May-1945
Speaker place of birth: Edinburg, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Lawyer
Age at speaking: 52
Document location: Edinburg, TX
Document date: 17-Jun-1997
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Democratic Party, US
Historical events discussed: Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975
Locations discussed: Edinburg, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Crime prevention; Democratic Party, US; Edinburg, TX; Ethics; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic Americans--Texas; Law--Texas; Lawyers; Migrant agricultural laborers; Military service, Voluntary; North America; Oral history; Political campaigns--Texas; Practice of law; Race relations; Texas; United States; Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000208-153