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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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A Tribute To Mexican General Zaragosa
Program #
Identity, Politics

Linda Fregoso
Hernán Jaso
Jul 9, 1980

A Tribute to Mexican General Zaragosa

Hernan Jasso, talks about Goliad’s history and the statue the Mexican government is donating in honor of General Ignacio Zaragosa, the hero of Cinco de Mayo, who was born in Goliad. Five years earlier, Jasso traveled to Puebla for the anniversary of Zaragosa death and he spoke with the state’s governor about Goliad’s desire to honor Zaragosa. In response, the Mexican Government, pleased that Texans wanted to honor one of Mexico’s national heroes, offered the town a statute of the general. Jasso then discusses the history of Goliad and offers a brief summary of Zaragosa’s life. He says that Mexican-Americans in Goliad have waited almost 70 years to formally honor Zaragosa, and every year the community organizes a huge Cinco de Mayo celebration that attracts visitors from throughout Texas.

To accommodate the statue, which will be dedicated later that year, Goliad built an amphitheatre, plaza and several trails that will go from the statue to the mission where Zaragosa was born. Jasso believes the statue signifies a new era of cooperation between Mexico and the United States, and will recognize Mexican-American history. He talks briefly about the history of the region and his family’s experiences after the Mexican American War, when Anglo settlers seized their vast land holdings because they were Mexicans. Fregoso concludes with her own experiences speaking with people in Goliad who have struggled to keep alive the memory of Zaragosa and their former prosperity.


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