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Document Details


Title: Zapata, Louis
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: The interview begins with a discussion of Mr. Zapata's family history and genealogy. Mr. Zapata credits his leadership and organizational abilities to his experience as a union member when he was employed as a printer with Bell Helicopter. He elaborates upon his work with the U. S. State Department and the Mexican government to eradicate Mexican marijuana field production. Mr. Zapata describes how his campaigns were conducted and financed and how he went into considerable debt trying to stay in elected public office. He talks about his 14-year service on the Fort Worth City Council and he tells why he was defeated. Mr. Zapata discusses his involvement with the formation of the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) organization in 1976 where he served for seven years as its chairman. He also relates how he became a member of the Board of Directors for the National League of Cities, the parent organization of HELO. Mr. Zapata gives details about his membership in the Mexican American Democrats (MAD) organization and its split resulting in the formation of the Tejano Democrats. He describes his accomplishments while he was Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and he concludes the interview by discussing his work with congressman Jim Wright for the preservation and renovation of the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Extent: 61 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_090.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Zapata, Louis, 1934-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 5-Oct-1934
Speaker place of birth: Fort Worth, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 64
Document location: Fort Worth, TX
Document date: 26-Feb-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: U.S. Department of State
Locations discussed: Fort Worth, TX; Mexico; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: City council members--Texas; City councils; Family; Family--History; Fort Worth, TX; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American politicians; Hispanic Americans--Texas; Mexico; North America; Oral history; Political campaigns--Texas; Political science; Texas; U.S. Department of State; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000258-203