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Border Boss: Manuel B. Bravo and Zapata County (The by J. Gilberto Quezada

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29 Within the next three years, twenty-three LULAC councils were organized throughout the state. The Edinburg council elected Bravo as its 21 22 Border Boss president, and with a seven-member planning committee prepared to host the league’s third annual convention. Assisting Manuel with preparations for it were J. G. Barrera, P. de la Vina, A. , J. A. Guerra, J. Alamı´a, D. Candı´a, and G. E. Garcı´a. Scheduled for May 3–4, 1931, at the Edinburg College auditorium, the two-day summit provided a mix of business with a little pleasure.

Thus Manuel lost not only because of his liberal principles in racial issues but also because of his past connection with Baker’s political machine. Both he and Cha´vez had been strong Baker supporters and the GGL made sure that the voters were constantly reminded of the corruption and political shenanigans associated with bossism. Shortly after the election, hard times fell on Manuel and his family. His job was seriously hampered by the Great Depression. 50 Disconsolate and in need of work to support his family, Manuel asked former County Judge A.

89 Judge Navarro’s “sudden” resignation was certainly not the norm in South Texas politics, and perhaps historians will never know the truth about it. The Laredo Times did not publish a follow-up story after the general election. After his resignation, Navarro and his family relocated to Laredo, Texas. Manuel’s meteoric rise to the top of the Zapata County’s Democratic machine deserves some theoretical explanation. First, Navarro no longer fulfilled the future needs of the county. The machine—the Big Four— wanted Bravo to be the successor and told Navarro to go public officially with his resignation just before the election.

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