Rodriguez Miguel L.
Oral history interview with Tampa native Luciano Rodriguez. Rodriguez was born in Ybor City in 1938 and lived there with his family until he was ten. Rodriguez's family then moved to West Tampa as his father was concerned about their neighborhood's safety, and there was a strong Latin community in West Tampa. Rodriguez dropped out of school when he was sixteen, since he wanted to earn money and he thought he knew more than the teachers. When he was twenty, he and his wife, Sandra, eloped in Georgia because she was underage and her stepfather did not like him because he was Latin. The relationship between Rodriguez and his father-in-law was always strained, due to the father-in-law's racism against Hispanics and African Americans, but Rodriguez and his wife never experienced any conflict from other people in the community. In this interview, Rodriguez also shares some experiences from his childhood in Ybor City. His wife, Sandra Rodriguez, was also interviewed for the Ybor City Oral History Project.
Interethnic marriage--Florida--Tampa, Hispanic Americans--Florida--Tampa, Hispanic American families--Florida--Tampa, Racism--Florida--Tampa, Ethnic Relations--Tampa, (Fla.)--20th century, History--Ybor City (Tampa, Fla.), Social Life and customs--Ybor City (Tampa, Fla.)
University of South Florida
oral histories, online audio
University of South Florida Libraries--Florida Studies Center and Rodriguez, Luciano, "Luciano Rodriguez oral history interview" (2011). Ybor City Oral History Project. 15.