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The Longoria Affair
INDEPENDENT LENS SEASON 9
Aired:
11/09/2010
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In Texas after World War II, a funeral home refuses to care for a dead Mexican American soldier's body

 


INDEPENDENT LENS

The Longoria Affair

Aired Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 11:00 p.m. on CPTV Check TV Listings

Private Felix Longoria died fighting the Japanese during World War II. But when his body was sent home to Three Rivers, Texas, the town’s only funeral parlor refused to allow his family to use their chapel because "the whites wouldn’t like it." The incident created deep divisions in Three Rivers, tensions that last even today — but it also helped launch the Mexican American civil rights movement, elect John Kennedy to the White House, and lead Lyndon Johnson to sign the most important civil rights legislation of the 20th century.

ORIGINAL PBS BROADCAST: 11/9/2010

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