Barton, Ernesto 1973-05-17

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Ernesto Barton, a native of Laredo, discusses his teaching experience and work as manager of a Spanish-speaking radio station in Lubbock, as well as changes in the Mexican-American community.

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Interviewee Name: Ernesto Barton

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Date: May 17, 1973

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Andrew Tijerina

Length: 1 hour


Abstract

Tape 1, Side 1: Family background, early life, Reason for moving to West Texas, Family's attitude toward education, Experiences in the military related, Comparison of Texas and non-Texas attitudes toward Mexicans, Development of nationalistic attitudes and English proficiency, Prejudiced stereotypes discussed, Recollections of teaching experiences in Plains public schools, Bracero influence in Brownfield described, Work with Brownfield radio station examined

Tape 1, Side 2: Radio station (continued), Concern over Mexican-American children's educational , patterns; LULAC program and origin of bilingual programs in Brownfield, Review of prejudiced treatment in Lubbock, Anecdote on being refused service, Move to Lubbock as manager of Spanish-speaking radio station, Attempts to exclude family from Brownfield neighborhood recalled, Effect of Spanish radio on Mexican-American community claimed, Criticism of Anglo control of Spanish-speaking station, Effect of farm mechanization claimed, Effect of tornado in 1970 discussed, Changing attitude toward barrio explored, Protest march described, Origin and achievement of the Grievance Committee reviewed, Definition of "chicano" examined

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