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Document Details


Title: Rojas, Lorenzo
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 heart of the interview is the insight provided by Judge Rojas into his approach to being a justice of the peace and his philosophy of dealing with people and their problems. Rojas talks extensively about Lupe Youngblood, his right-hand man and successor as J.P., and Youngblood's commitment to helping people. The judge relates his involvement with Familias Unidas and El Partido de la Raza Unida (Raza Unida Party), and describes apparent election fraud in Robstown. He expresses his opinion of Solomon Ortíz and other Mexican American political officials and briefly explains his nephew Jesse Rojas' (CMAS No. 78) motivation to run for the Robstown, Texas, school board in 1998. Judge Rojas recalls his struggle to survive and to support his siblings after he was orphaned at age thirteen. He also explains why he became politically active, describes conditions for Mexican Americans in Robstown and the town's response to their needs, and talks about why he decided to step down from his position as J.P. after sixteen years of service.
Extent: 22 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_080.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Rojas, Lorenzo, 1936-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 30-Apr-1936
Age at speaking: 62
Document location: Robstown, TX
Document date: 23-Jun-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX
Locations discussed: North America; Robstown, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Child rearing; Family; Family--History; Hispanic American politicians; Judges; Judges--Election; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Migrant agricultural laborers; North America; Oral history; Political campaigns--Texas; Political science; Politicians; Robstown, TX; Texas; Texas--Politics and government; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000240-185