Mexican American Legislative Caucus documentary to premiere on PBS
Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
September 20, 2007
This is a documentary film that traces the story of Tejanos and their efforts to secure their civil rights and expand their social and economic opportunities through the legislative process. The documentary is a product of a Texas State University-San Marcos team: Jaime Chahin, Dean of the College of Applied Arts; Frank de la Teja, Chair of History and State Historian of Texas; Jaime Armin Mejía, professor of English; Magda Hinojosa, narrator and professor of Political Science; and History graduate student
The documentary opens with an overview of the role Texas Mexicans played in the independence and political organization of early
The film then turns its attention to the Civil Rights Movement, during which Mexican American organizations in
Through interviews with a number of retired and present-day Tejano legislators, the story of the Caucus and its increasing influence in state affairs unfolds from its founding in the early 1970s to the present.
The project was funded by Anheuser-Busch Inc. and the Verizon Foundation.