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Document Details


Title: Rosales, Rosa
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: Ms. Rosales discusses her family history and genealogy, and talks about childhood memories of race discrimination attitudes and practices in Texas schools. She relates how she became a political activist and got involved with labor union politics as an organizer. Ms. Rosales describes how she had to overcome timidity, shyness, and the fear of failure to become a political activist leader. She talks about being involved in women's issues and she tells why Hispanic women could not identify with White women's issues. Ms. Rosales addresses issues of race discrimination in the management ranks of national labor unions like the AFL-CIO. She talks about the decline of union activity in the United States and voices her opinion on its future. She also tells how her association with LULAC helped her with her union organizing activities and how it enhanced the labor movement. Ms. Rosales details the internal politics of LULAC and the circumstances that led her to become its first woman director. She talks about Mexican American male dominance in LULAC's management ranks and describes the challeges she faced seeking elective office in that organization. Ms. Rosales discusses the role of other Hispanic minorities in LULAC politics, and she contrasts the missions of LULAC and the National Council of La Raza. Ms. Rosales discusses the internal operations of LULAC, including budgets, legal matters, and future leadership roles that it needs to assume in order to achieve political and social equity for the Hispanic community.
Extent: 97 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_045.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Rosales, Rosa, 1944-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 7-Apr-1944
Speaker place of birth: San Antonio, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 54
Document location: San Antonio, TX
Document date: 08-Feb-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: League of United Latin American Citizens, Corpus Christi, TX; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Locations discussed: North America; San Antonio, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Hispanic American leadership; Hispanic American women; Labor unions--Organizing; League of United Latin American Citizens, Corpus Christi, TX; North America; Oral history; Political activists; Public schools; Racism; San Antonio, TX; Texas; United States; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Women
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000243-188