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Document Details


Title: Morales, Victor
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
Series: Item 1 of Series Victor Morales
Description: Morales talks about his family history and genealogy. He recollects incidences of race discrimination practices directed toward him when a youth including one in which he was severely beaten by his coach. He tells why he decided to join the Navy reserves and describes Vietnam War activities he was involved in after his unit was activated. He talks about utilizing the G. I. Bill to finish his college degree at Texas A & I University upon leaving military duty. He elaborates upon his love of music, dance, and reading and, he describes the different types of dancing he especially enjoys. Morales talks about touring as a partner with a professional dance instructor in national dancing competitions throughout the United States and why he turned down an opportunity to become a professional dancer. He gives details about his early teaching career in the Dallas schools and other public schools in Texas. Morales explains his reasons for seeking public elected office, and he talks about the challenges he faces from the media, fellow Democrats, Mexican American factions, and family as a Democratic Party non-conventional candidate. He describes his political grassroots campaign style and difficulties raising money. Morales concludes the interview with comments about Texas Senator Phil Gramm and explains his decision to run against him for the U. S. Senate in 1996.
Extent: 85 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_019a.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1996 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Morales, Victor, 1949-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 15-Nov-1949
Speaker place of birth: Racine, WI; Wisconsin; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Educator
Age at speaking: 47
Document location: Mesquite, TX
Document date: 04-Dec-1996
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Democratic Party, US; Texas A&I University, Kingsville, TX; U.S. Navy
Historical events discussed: Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975
Locations discussed: Crandall, TX; Dallas, TX; North America; Racine, WI; Texas; United States; Wisconsin
Topics discussed - ASP terms: City council members--Texas; Crandall, TX; Dallas, TX; Dance; Democratic Party, US; Military service, Voluntary; Music; North America; Oral history; Political campaigns--Texas; Political science; Public schools; Racine, WI; Racism; Reading; School administrators; School boards; Teachers; Texas; Texas A&I University, Kingsville, TX; U.S. Navy; United States; Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975; Wisconsin
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000226-172