Salinas, Froy 1976-09-02

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Froy Salinas, first Hispanic State Representative from the Lubbock area, discusses his background and the history and status of Mexican-Americans on the South Plains of Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Froy Salinas

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: September 02, 1976

Location: David Zepeda

Interviewer: Lubbock, Texas

Length: 55 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Salinas family history, Deportation of all illegal aliens (1930s), Depression (1930s), Early education (1946), Mexican-American population in Tahoka, Texas (1946), Educational level of Salinas (age 10), Discrimination against Chicanos in Tahoka, High school graduation (1958), Life insurance salesman (1966), "Whites only" signs in Lubbock, Schools dismissed at noon for cotton picking, Early interest in politics.

Tape 1, Side 2: Elected Democratic State Representative, Discrimination in politics, Single member districts, Choice of Democratic Party, Member of Legal United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Effect of Lubbock tornado (1970), Expansion of Mexican-American neighborhood (1960), Location of Mexican-American population, Salinas involvement with Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce (COMA), Present social, economic, and political status of South Plains, Mexican-Americans, Meaning of word "Chicano", Message to Mexican-Americans.

Range Dates: 1930s-1976

Bulk Dates: 1930s-1970

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