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Voces Oral History Project

Featured Stories

Table containing information and links for a sample of subjects on the site.
Subject Collection Story

Felicita Munguia Arriaga

Felicita Munguia Arriaga - Voces Oral History Project  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Hope Teel

In 1959, Felicita Munguia Arriaga was a 12-year-old accompanying her mother to the polls, where the older woman planned to cast her vote for a man named Joe Hubenak.

Very few Hispanics were voting during that time...

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Iris Galvan

Iris Galvan - Voces Oral History Project  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Rebecca Chavoya

An old Hispanic man pushed a tamale cart down the streets of Rosenberg, Texas, in 1974. Iris Galvan, 18-year-old high school student and member of Juventud Unida, approached him with a warm, welcoming demeanor....

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Frances Rodriguez Luna

Frances Luna  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Joan Vinson

Politics in small-town Texas were very different when Frances Luna was young. Back in the days of the poll tax, politicians would offer to cover the fee to encourage local residents to vote for them.

Luna said that...

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Velia Erlinda Sanchez-Ruiz

Velia Sanchez-Ruiz  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Rachel Hill

Voter participation was always a priority for former gym teacher Velia Sanchez-Ruiz, who grew up under segregation in Texas. Sanchez-Ruiz, who was 71 at the time of her interview, recalled what life was like as she grew up...

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We are happy to share our photographs and other materials with other organizations. Please contact us to discuss your request, and click on the camera icon for our permission form and terms of usage. Our email is voces@utexas.edu.

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We will make DVDs of recorded interviews for a small charge.

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For educators

We can supply material for classroom discussions.