Felix Longoria Thesis

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Pvt. Felix Longoria was a Mexican American who served our country in a voluntary mission during World War II. During his mission he was sadly killed and his body was later picked up in the Philippines. However, this man who should have been honored for his duty, was discriminated because of his race. Even after sacrificing his life in the War, the people of Three Rivers Texas could not get passed his ethnicity. They denied him the right to have a proper burial, and the chapel was of limits for him and his family. There was a specific “Mexican” burial spot that was not pleasant and was surrounded by barb wire. This discrimination that took place, served as a purpose for Mexican Americans to fight back against racism and racial discrimination.
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