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Oral history interview with Marc Campos, 1996

Author: Marc Campos; Jose Angel Gutierrez; University of Texas at Arlington. Center for Mexican American Studies.
Edition/Format:   Archival material   Book : English
Publication:Center for Mexican American Studies Oral Histories, CMAS no. 140.
Database:WorldCat
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Marc Campos begins with his family's background and describes the activities of his dad, Tony Campos, and his dad's coworker, Felix Tijerina, in the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). He notes Tijerina was the founder of Felix's Mexican Restaurant chain in Houston and created the School of Four Hundred for teaching basic English. He attributes his interest in politics to his dad's involvement in Viva  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Interviews
Named Person: Campos family.; Tony Campos; Waggoner Carr; Lloyd Bentsen; Felix Tijerina; Frances Farenthold; George S McGovern; Dolph Briscoe; Calvin Guest; Rick Hernández; Richard Moya; John Castillo; Ben T Reyes; Leonel J Castillo; Gonzalo Barrientos; Grace García; Sargent Shriver; Albert Garza Bustamante; Alicia Chacón; Mark White; Jimmy Carter; Nora Linares; Luis Díaz de León; Robert Krueger; Edward M Kennedy; Al Luna; Roman Martínez; Juan Maldonado
Material Type: Videorecording, Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Campos; Jose Angel Gutierrez; University of Texas at Arlington. Center for Mexican American Studies.
OCLC Number: 352928052
Language Note: The interview was conducted primarily in English but portions are in Spanish, for which English translations are provided.
Notes: Interviewed by José Angel Gutiérrez on June 27, 1996, in Houston, Texas.
Description: 2 videocassettes (VHS) (3 hr., 24 min.) : col. ; 1/2 in. Transcript : 91 p. ; 28 cm.
Other Titles: Tejano Voices
Center for Mexican American Studies Oral Histories
Mexican American Public Figures of Texas

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Marc Campos begins with his family's background and describes the activities of his dad, Tony Campos, and his dad's coworker, Felix Tijerina, in the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). He notes Tijerina was the founder of Felix's Mexican Restaurant chain in Houston and created the School of Four Hundred for teaching basic English. He attributes his interest in politics to his dad's involvement in Viva Kennedy Clubs and campaign support of Waggoner Carr and Lloyd Bentsen. Marc Campos reveals his own awareness of the racial segregation in the schools and recounts details of a race riot at his high school. He shares the pivotal moment he became personally involved in the political arena with the Frances Sissy Farenthold campaign for governor of Texas and his work in the in the George S. McGovern presidential campaign. He talks about his associations with his contemporaries Rick Hernández, Richard Moya and John Castillo and gives his opinion on prominent political figures Dolph Briscoe and Texas Democratic Party chairman Calvin Guest. He comments on his work with Ben T. Reyes and Leonel Castillo, states his preference for working within the Democratic Party rather than with the Raza Unida Party, and comments on his growing realization of the Chicano movement. He elaborates upon the founding of the Mexican American Democrats of Texas (MAD) with Gonzalo Barrientos and Grace García and that group's support for Sargent Shriver for president. He tells about a confrontation at a MAD convention between supporters for Albert Bustamante and supporters for Leonel J. Castillo, Joe Bernal and Alicia Chacón, and expresses his frustration when working in South Texas for MAD. He skirts his involvement in an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry at the request of Luis Díaz de León, during the time Díaz de León campaigned against Robert Krueger for U.S. Senate. He contrasts presidential appointments made under several administrations, noting particularly those under Jimmy Carter. He covers the period when he was chairman of the Mexican American Democrats and garnered support for Edward Kennedy's nomination as the Democratic candidate prior to the 1980 elections. He credits Hispanic participation in the 1982 Texas gubernatorial campaigns for increased administrative opportunities for Mexican Americans in Texas government and cites the example of Nora Linares as head of Texas Lottery and the first woman to chair MAD. He gives details about working for Texas Governor Mark White as a special assistant for legislation, noting the race discrimation he experienced in that role, and relates his part in a number of campaigns in the elections of Ben T. Reyes, Al Luna, and Roman Martínez. He reveals the conflicts within MAD, including a confrontation between Richard Moya and Juan Maldonado, and the split that led to the formation of the Tejano Democrats. He concludes with comments on his work for Mexico in promoting the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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