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Emma Tenayuca Interview Digitized

October 21, 2010

UTSA Special Collections has digitized an oral history interview with the noted Mexican American civil rights leader Emma Tenayuca (1916-1999). During the 32-minute interview, Tenayuca discusses her family’s history in Texas, the genesis of her early radicalism and participation in the Communist Party during the 1930s, and her role in organizing the 1938 pecan shellers’ labor strike in San Antonio.

Emma Tenayuca being interviewed by journalist Luis R. Torres, ca. 1988.

The oral history interview was conducted by the journalist Luis R. Torres as part of a project to document the history of the Mexican American civil rights movement. Mr. Torres has graciously permitted UTSA Special Collections to make the oral history publicly available online.

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