Interview with Elida Cardenas

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Interview with Elida Cardenas, an employment opportunity specialist with the Office of Civil Rights, Federal Aviation Administration. She was born in Sanderson, Texas, in 1937, and grew up there. Cardenas discusses her father's experiences at working at the Kerr Mercantile Company in Sanderson. Cardenas also reveals the racial segregation between Mexicans and white Americans in the Sanderson Community while she attended elementary school. Cardenas received recognition for her involvement with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the country. In 1974, Cardenas moved to Kansas City and continued to be involved in Hispanic communities there.

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Audio Recording
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Conducted over two days which accounts for sound variation.
This project was funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library.
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Hispanic Oral History Collection, SC69-1,

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