Galindo, Leonel 1974-04-10

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Leonel Galindo, Texas Employment Commission executive and former president of LULAC, describes his role in the bracero program. He discusses LULAC history and expresses political attitudes.

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Interviewee Name: Leonel Galindo

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Date: April 10, 1974

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Early life in South Texas recalled, Border problems of 1930s described, Ramon de la Garza Spanish grant claimed, Feelings of educational inadequacy expressed, South Texas farm described, Work with Texas Employment Commission in 1953 examined, Adjustments upon moving to Lubbock presented, Claims Lubbock citizens not accustomed to middle-class, Mexican-American, Job as labor interviewer examined, Implementation of Public Law 78 discussed, Short labor supply explained, Farmer's methods of circumventing Public Law 78 mentioned.

Tape 1, Side 2: Effects of bracero program explored, Labor wages in North and South contrasted, Bracero characterized, Claims program was good for international relations, Bracero's skills and attitudes examined, Mexican consulate described, Recollection of discrimination cases, States benefit of bracero program to Mexican-American community, Black list incidents related, Effects of bracero program examined, Regional labor office in Dallas discussed, Origin of LULAC in Lubbock presented, LULAC activities mentioned, Waggoner Carr praised, Attitudes toward Mexican-American community politics expressed.

Range Dates: 1930-1953

Bulk Dates: 1930-1953

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