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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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Corridos Del Valle
Program #
Culture, Politics

Film, Labor
Linda Fregoso
David Sandoval, Javier Silva, Luis Tórres
Mar 29, 1980

Corridos del Valle

David Sandoval, Luis Torres and Javier Silva discuss their upcoming documentary Corridos del Valle (ultimately distributed under the title Valley of Tears) and their experiences filming it in the Rio Grande Valley. The filmmakers explain that the documentary focuses on the onion strike of April 1979 and offers a glimpse of life in the Rio Grande Valley. They have been filming and researching in the valley for almost two years and plan to use oral histories, photographs, stock footage and music to offer a cross-section of the many participants in the strike. The film will also offer a brief history of Mexicans in the valley and they are working with several scholars to ensure its accuracy.

They then discuss their experiences filming in the valley and the initial wariness with which the strikers greeted them. They also talk about some of the residents they interviewed. They then discuss the problems they had obtaining interviews with the growers and then later with the sheriff’s department, which wanted them to turn over some of their film to prosecute the strikers. They also describe some of the confrontations and problems that plague Raymondville. They hope that their film will appeal to a broad audience interested in how people perpetuate their culture and take control of their lives.


Americo Paredes
Antonio Orendain
Carlos Marentes
Chicano Cinema Coalition
Corridos del Valle
David Sandoval
Emancipation Arts
Farm worker’s march to Washington D.C.
First Amendment
Freedom of Speech
Harlan County USA
Hart Perry
Javier Silva
Jesus Moya
Jose Limon
Labor conditions
Little Joe Hernandez
Los Angeles
Luis Torres
Onion Strike of 1979
Oral history
Pamela Yates
Political Intimidation
Political repression
Political violence
Raymondville School district
Raymondville, Texas
Right to Work Laws
Rio Grande Valley
San Juan, TX
Sheriff’s department
Steve Esteban Jordan
Student and Parents in Action Committee (Speac)
Texas Farm Workers Union
Texas Rangers
U.S. Civil Rights Commission
University of Texas at Austin
Victor Nelson Cisneros

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