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Document Details


Title: Santos, Ofelia
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. de los Santos discusses campaigning for Edinburg city council and her council service. She relates the frustrations associated with getting bond packages passed for financing improvements in Edinburg, and lists her greatest accomplishment while serving on the city council as the successful creation of committees to study and recommend what Edinburg should be in the year 2020. She talks about how she became interested in politics and describes some of her early political experiences helping her father campaign for candidates. Ms. de los Santos describes discrimination against women political candidates and sheds light on politics in Edinburg, in particular how difficult it proved for Mexican American and Anglo women to work together. She touches upon her involvement with the Mexican American Democrats and La Raza Unida Party (which she credits with helping women by providing opportunities for leadership), details her activities with Valley Interfaith (an Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) organization), discusses her return to the classroom in 1988 to pursue a law degree, and describes her early law career. Ms. de los Santos reveals her love of the practice of law and her commitment to helping the less fortunate.
Extent: 41 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_083.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: de los Santos, Ofelia, 1948-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 1948
Speaker place of birth: Edinburg, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 50
Document location: Edinburg, TX
Document date: 18-Jun-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Mexican American Democrats of Texas
Locations discussed: Edinburg, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: City council members--Texas; City councils; Edinburg, TX; Family; Family--History; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American politicians; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Mexican American Democrats of Texas; North America; Oral history; Political campaigns--Texas; Political science; Texas; Texas--Politics and government; United States; Women politicians
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000249-194