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Document Details


Title: Solis, Eliseo
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: Solís discusses his family history and genealogy. He describes childhood memories of race discrimination practices in the community and the schools. Solís recounts his experiences as a soldier during the Vietnam conflict and tells about the difficulty finding work after his duty was concluded. He talks about his position as chair of the MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Atzlán) chapter at Wichita State University. Solís recounts his early political experiences as a political activist after he returned to Crystal City, Texas, to work with the school district as coordinator of federal educational programs. He describes the details of his involvement with La Raza Unida Party's national convention in 1972 and describes his participation in voter registration drives in Texas, Mexico, and El Salvador. He talks about campaign management and finance during his bid for election as county commissioner in Lubbock. Solís describes the functions and duties of a county commissioner, and talks about his activities in administering that office. He tells about his involvement with Texas' farm workers strikes and the legal problems he faced as a participant. Solís speculates on the reasons for his defeat during his re-election bid for county commissioner, and he talks about going to work for the Student Alternatives Program afterwards.
Extent: 106 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_061.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1997 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Solis, Eliseo, 1946-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1946
Speaker place of birth: Levelland, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 51
Document location: Lubbock, TX
Document date: 03-Nov-1997
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Texas Technological University, Lubbock, TX
Historical events discussed: Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975
Locations discussed: Crystal City, TX; Lubbock, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Agricultural laborers; Alternative education; Crystal City, TX; Education; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American politicians; Hispanic Americans; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; Lubbock, TX; North America; Oral history; Political activists; Political campaigns--Texas; Political science; Racism; Soldiers; Strikes and lockouts; Teachers; Texas; Texas Technological University, Lubbock, TX; United States; Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000251-196