Born into a well-to-do family that traced its heritage to eleventh-century Spain, Adelina “Nina” Maria Isabel Emilia Otero was born in 1881 in Las Lunas, New Mexico.
In the 1930s during the Great Depression, Americans were looking for scapegoats, and in an effort to save jobs for “real Americans” they began rounding up and deporting many people who had moved to the U.S. from Mexico, a good number of whom were “real” U.S. citizens. In addition to being a wrong thing to do, the “repatriation” was tragic for many, often resulting in the separation of parents and children.
Activist in the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement (which preceded Chicano activism) Organized first National Congress of Spanish-Speaking People (1938) Luisa Moreno was born in Guatemala in an upper-class family. She …
- Professional Boxer
- Leader in the movement for justice and equality for Mexican-Americans in the Southwest
Rodolfo Gonzáles was born in Denver, Colorado, the youngest of eight children. His mother died when he was two so the children grew up in a household with only their father. The family lived in a tough section of town, Denver’s “Eastside Barrio.”
From 1941-1985, Gus Arriola (1917-2008) produced a comic strip a day (panels for daily and Sunday strips) about Gordo, a fellow who began his existence as a Mexican bean farmer. …
Governor (Jose Antonio) Romualdo Pacheco, Jr. (1831-1899) American politician and diplomat Only Hispanic (thus far) to serve as Governor of California First Hispanic representative of a state in Congress (Hispanics …