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Document Details


Title: Rodriguez, Arnoldo
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: Rodríguez describes his depressed childhood, including use and sale of drugs, and how he turned around his life under the influence of his foster family (his cousins), especially his foster mother and fellow school board member, María Areza López. Rodríguez talks about the effect on his life of his participation in high school athletics. He also relates the influence on the family and on his own philosophy of the attitude held by Mrs. López' father toward participation in politics and voting, and the resulting election to the school board of both Rodríguez and López. He discusses their approach to their political campaigns and his motivation to run for election and re-election to the school board, as well as his relationship with his foster mother as a fellow board member. Rodríguez also talks about the election and the campaign for re-election in 1997, his attitude toward his service and role on the board, his experience as a board member, and his feelings about leadership. In conclusion, Rodríguez expresses his choice of Dr. Hector García as the most influential Mexican American leader, reiterates his motiviation for being politically active and his belief in the importance of voting, and reveals his intent to run for other political office upon completion of his school board service.
Extent: 26 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_079.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Rodriquez, Arnoldo, 1974-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 3-Jul-1974
Age at speaking: 24
Document location: Corpus Christi, TX
Document date: 23-Jun-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Locations discussed: Corpus Christi, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Corpus Christi, TX; Drug abuse; Drug traffic; Family; Foster families; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American youth; North America; Oral history; Political campaigns--Texas; Political science; Public schools; School boards; School sports; Texas; United States; Voting
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000238-183