A Legacy Greater Than Words: Stories of U.S. Latinos and Latinas of the WWII Generation
By: Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez (author)Paperback
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Since 1999, the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project at the University of Texas at Austin has captured the untold stories of this WWII generation. Altogether, the project videotaped more than five hundred interviews throughout the country and in Puerto Rico and Mexico.
This volume features summaries of the interviews and photographs of the individuals. Among the people included are Mexican American civil rights leaders such as Pete Tijerina and Albert Armendariz of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and Virgilio Roel of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Others are community leaders such as Pete and Elena Gallego of Alpine, Texas, and military leaders such as Colonel Hank Cervantes and flying ace Richard Candelaria. Women who served in the military are also included. There are academic trailblazers, too, such as Frank Bonilla, who became a major figure in Puerto Rican studies. And there are a few Latinos who describe serving in segregated "colored" units during the war, as their physical features placed them in African American communities.
Overall, the vast majority of the men and women interviewed in A Legacy Greater Than Words led private lives, and their stories chronicle the everyday existence of Latinos in the 1930s and 1940s-stories that generally have been omitted from historical accounts of either the Great Depression or World War II.
Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez is Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and the founder and director of the U.S. Latino & Latina World War II Oral History Project (now Voces Oral History Project). Her previous books include, most recently, Beyond the Latino WWII Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation.
List of IllustrationsForewordPrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroductionPart One. U.S. Latinos and Latinas in the MilitaryChapter 1. The European TheaterNorth Africa and ItalyFighting From the Air and the SeaNormandyThe Battle of the BulgeWitnesses to the Nazi Concentration CampsFighting into GermanyGermany SurrendersChapter 2. The Pacific TheaterThe U.S. Enters the WarThe Bataan Death MarchBattles in the South and Central PacificLiberating the PhilippinesMexican SquadronInvading Iwo Jima and OkinawaEnding the WarChapter 3. Beyond the Main FrontsPanamaThe China-Burma-India TheaterIn the PacificIn EuropeStatesideChapter 4. Latinas in the MilitaryChapter 5. Brothers in Arms Part Two. Latinos and Latinas on the Home FrontChapter 6. Latina Civilians who Served Chapter 7. Everyday Lives of Latinos and Latinas during WWII Chapter 8. Mexican Civilians who Worked in the U.S. during WWIIPart Three. Post-War Opportunities and ContributionsChapter 9. The Fight for Civil RightsChapter 10. The Value of EducationChapter 11. Community NotablesChapter 12. Military Service Beyond WWIIEpilogueSelected ReferencesOriginal InterviewersOriginal Story WritersIndex
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