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Document Details


Title: Serrata, Lidia
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: Serrata talks about her family history and genealogy, and she discusses Mexican Americans in positions of leadership in the Victoria region. She talks about her relationship with former governor Ann Richards, lawsuits to get single member districting, and race discrimination practices in the hiring and firing of Mexican American teachers and personnel in the schools. She also describes programs in which she was involved to help keep kids in school. Serrata tells about her activities with the Raza Unida Party, the Brown Berets, and the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO). She gives her impressions of Raza Unida Party activities in Colorado and compares the Colorado and Texas groups. She describes her scholastic difficulties and the negative environment while in law school. She discusses issues such as pay inequity between Mexican American males and females, prison reform in Texas, the anti-death penalty movement, the feminist movement, and the need for alternative punishment methods for drug offenders. Serrata talks about her activities as an assistant district attorney in Victoria, Texas, and she elaborates upon how she established her own private law practice. She concludes the interview by reviewing her personal problems in child rearing, commenting upon Dan Morales' problems with the public's perception of his political performance as Texas Attorney General, and by lauding José Angel Gutiérrez for his lifetime efforts on civil rights reforms for Mexican Americans in Texas.
Extent: 106 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_107.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Serrata, Lidia, 1947-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 1947
Speaker place of birth: Victoria County, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Lawyer
Age at speaking: 51
Document location: Victoria, TX
Document date: 02-Feb-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Mexican American Youth Organization, San Antonio, TX
Locations discussed: North America; Texas; United States; Victoria County, TX
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Actions and defenses; Discrimination in employment; Drug traffic; Education; Employees; Feminism; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American politicians; Hispanic American women; Hispanic Americans--Texas; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Mexican American Youth Organization, San Antonio, TX; North America; Oral history; Prison reformers; Public schools; Racism; Teachers; Texas; United States; Victoria County, TX
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000250-195