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An Interview With Maria Mora
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TitleAn Interview With Maria Mora
AbstractInterviewer: Irene Ruiz. Interview recorded August 3, 1978. 1 sound cassette (ca. 90 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape' 1 sound disc; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents.
NotesMaria Mora wa born in Kansas kCity, Missouri on October 5, 1934, and grew up on the Argentine area of Kansas City, Kansas. In the interview she recalls her early life and neighborhood she grew up in, Methodist mission in the area, 1951 flood, education, president of the United Mexican-American Students at UMKC, etc.

Number 34 on MP3 disc.
Date1978-08-03
LocationSC69-1, Tape 38, CD 38
Local SubjectOral History
Mora, Maria
West Side
Hispanic Americans
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionSynopsis of Interview:

Maria Mora was born October 5, 1934, in Kansas City, Missouri, of Enrigueta Vega and Martin Perez. As one of seven children, she grew up in the Argentine district of Kansas City, Kansas. Recollections of the neighborhood, growing up in a traditional Mexican-American family. Attended Clara Barton Elementary School, an all Mexican-American school. Recalls that students received corporal punishment for using Spanish in school. Graduated from Argentine Jr./Sr. High School in 1952. Recalls the trauma of attending school with Anglos for the first time.

The flood of 1951. Religious training and the influence of a Methodist Mission in the neighborhood. Rebelled against her father's belief that girls needed no education past age 12. Finished high school by working from 4 to 12 pm daily as a soda jerk. Took a six-month secretarial course and held several office jobs. Recalls one boss was often criticized for allowing a Mexican-American to work in a front office.

Married Jesse Mora in 1955. Father did not approve of the marriage, so there was no church wedding. Had two children, continued secretarial work. Company transferred her to New York City. Lived there for four years. Surgery for a lung infection disabled her for three years. Began attending UMKC part time in 1974. Worked part time for KCKN, translating tapes of a weekly Spanish-language broadcast. Other jobs held while attending college.

As president of the United Mexican-American Students at UMKC, she worked with government agencies setting up co-op programs. Is now involved in one herself at the Social Security offices. Active in American Business Women's Association. Ultimate goal is to counsel Mexican-American youths and to get their parents involved in the educational process. Continuation of goals discussion, her children's future.
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Item ID210406
CONTENTdm number36367
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