Catano, Carmen 1977-04-29

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Carmen Catano gives a history of her family and discusses discrimination against Mexican-Americans on the South Plains.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Carmen Catano

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Date: April 29, 1977

Location: Dimmitt, Texas

Interviewer: David G. Zepeda

Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Born, Mercedes, Texas (1945), Husband born, Mexico (1942), Family origins in Mexico, First orchestra organized by grandfather, Rio Grande Valley (1930s), Senator Lloyd Bentsen, Good friends with father, Attended University of Texas at Austin together, Parents' education, Spanish and English

Tape 1, Side 2: Mission, Texas, schools, Graduation (1964), High standards, South Plains area arrival (1965), Discrimination in Dimmitt, Texas, Education and health, Corporation Judge candidate, Dimmitt, Texas, Mexican-American business

Tape 2, Side 1: Mexican-Americans seen as immigrants, "Chicano", Comparison of discrimination, Mexican-Americans and Indians, Discrimination, Social Security, Food stamps, Housing

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1942-1977

Bulk Dates: 1942-1965

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