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Document Details


Title: Truan, Carlos
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: Senator Truan discusses being raised by a single mother in Kingsville, Texas, and the various jobs he held to contribute to the support of the family and to pay for his college education. He reveals his early exposure to politics and to prejudice in his many successful campaigns for student office. He describes his work as an insurance salesman in South Texas and his active participation in many organizations and actions in support of Mexican Americans. Truan expresses his opinion on the rivalry for leadership of Texas Mexican Americans between Dr. Hector García and William Bonilla. Senator Truan talks about his campaigns as a Democrat for state representative and state senator, provides his reasons for running for the offices, and summarizes his accomplishments in each body. He states his view that the meaning of the Raza Unida political movement is larger than the political party of the same name, and discusses the effects of his political involvement. He attributes his own freedom to be outspoken on political issues to the flexibility of his employment as an insurance agent, and gives succinct answers to questions about Mexican American leadership, Mexican American organizations, and ethnic relations.
Extent: 39 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_084.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Truan, Carlos
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker place of birth: Kingsville, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Document location: Kingsville, TX
Document date: 17-Jun-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; League of United Latin American Citizens, Corpus Christi, TX; Texas A&I University, Kingsville, TX; Texas. State Legislature; U.S. Congress. Senate
Locations discussed: Kingsville, TX; North America; Nueces County, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Child rearing; College students; Family; Family--History; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American politicians; Insurance; Kingsville, TX; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; League of United Latin American Citizens, Corpus Christi, TX; Mother and child; North America; Nueces County, TX; Oral history; Political campaigns--Texas; Political science; Politicians; Texas; Texas A&I University, Kingsville, TX; Texas. State Legislature; Texas--Politics and government; U.S. Congress. Senate; United States; Universities and colleges
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000255-200