Interview with Adolph Oropeza

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Description: 

Interview with Adolph Oropeza by Laurie Bretz as part of the Trabajo y Cultura (Work & Culture) Project documenting the Kansas City, Kansas, Hispanic community. Oropeza describes being born in Michoacan, Mexico, and moving to Kansas City, Kansas, with his family as a 2-year-old. He worked as a farmworker as a teenager, and later worked for the Santa Fe and Rock Island railroad companies, and describes the work he and other Mexican workers did in those industries, including unionization in the railroad companies. He also discusses life in his community during the Depression, as well as discrimination faced by Mexican-Americans and other political and economic issues.

Modern Location: 
Kansas City, KS
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Rights Statement: 
Publication, commercial use, or reproduction of this image or the accompanying data requires prior written permission from the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas. Use of this image also requires that credit be given to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas.
Collection Title, Call or Box Number: 
Kansas City, Kansas, Spanish Speaking office interviews and slides, RH MS 752
Digital Object Identifier: 
KU-RHMS752-F001-0001
Transcription: 
KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.