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 Illustrations Foreword Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Part One. U.S. Latinos and Latinas in the Military Chapter 1. The European Theater North Africa and Italy Fighting From the Air and the Sea Normandy The Battle of the Bulge Witnesses to the Nazi Concentration Camps Fighting into Germany Germany Surrenders Chapter 2. The Pacific Theater The U.S. Enters the War The Bataan Death March Battles in the South and Central Pacific Liberating the Philippines Mexican Squadron Invading Iwo Jima and Okinawa Ending the War Chapter 3. Beyond the Main Fronts Panama The China-Burma-India Theater In the Pacific In Europe Stateside Chapter 4. Latinas in the Military Chapter 5. Brothers in Arms Part Two. Latinos and Latinas on the Home Front Chapter 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 WWII Part Three. Post-War Opportunities and Contributions Chapter 9. The Fight for Civil Rights Chapter 10. The Value of Education Chapter 11. Community Notables Chapter 12. Military Service Beyond WWII Epilogue Selected References Original Interviewers Original Story Writers Index