Interview with Magdalena Rodriguez

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Interview with Magdalena Rodriguez about her life in Kansas City's Mexican-American community. Born in 1933, she recalls her parents' immigration to the United States during the Mexican Revolution, working beet harvests until settling in Kansas City, Kansas. She discusses the shops, neighbors, and schools of the Armourdale and Rosedale neighborhoods, attending segregated schools, and facing discrimination and racism. She also discusses her parents' experience learning English, the family's experience in the Depression and World War II, her work with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, investigating cases of child abuse and neglect, her involvement in church, school, and civic organizations, and balancing that work with being a wife and mother.

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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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This oral history recording is presented as a historical document of the recollections and opinions of persons living and/or working in Kansas City when the history was conducted. Minor edits have been made to remove pauses, interruptions and verbal tics, and the recording is otherwise verbatim as it was captured. These oral histories represent the thoughts and opinions of the original participants and do not reflect the views of the Kansas City Public Library or its partner organizations in this oral history project.