Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from American National Biography. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 20 February 2020

Tijerina, Pedro “Pete” Jr.locked

(1922–2003)
  • Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Extract

Tijerina, Pedro “Pete” Jr. (1922–2003), attorney and civil rights activist, was born to a furniture mover, Pedro Martinez Tijerina, and Gertrudis Guerra Tijerina in Laredo, Texas on the U.S.–Mexico border. Tijerina was part of the World War II generation of Mexican Americans who grew up under segregation throughout the Southwest and parts of the Midwest. He dropped out of school in the ninth grade and joined the Civilian Military Training Corps (CMTC), a New Deal program designed to steer young men into possible military service. At one point the Mexican American members of the corps—but not the white members—were ordered to report for crew cuts. Tijerina’s friends appointed him to represent them and complain about the unequal treatment. Tijerina was promptly expelled from the CMTC....

You do not currently have access to this article

Login

Please login to access the full content.

Subscribe

Access to the full content requires a subscription