Video Oral History
MEChA; UFW Grape Boycott;
Historian; UW Professor
A child of Mexican
immigrant parents, Erasmo Gamboa was born in Texas and spent his
youth in the Yakima Valley of Eastern Washington.
Yakima Valley Community College, he enrolled at the University of
Washington in 1968 where he quickly became a leading student activist. Gamboa helped found the UW Chapter of MEChA
and was chairman of the University boycott committee supporting the
United Farm Workers’ boycott of non-union grapes. Gamboa was also
instrumental in the establishment of the UW’s Chicano Studies
program. He earned an MA in History from the UW in 1973, and his PhD in 1984. He is currently
Associate Professor of Chicano Studies and Adjunct Associate
Professor of History and Latin American Studies at the UW. Professor
Gamboa is the author of numerous articles and books on the history
of Latinos in the Pacific Northwest, including Mexican Labor and
World War II: Braceros in the Pacific Northwest, 1942-1947; and
Nosotros, the Hispanic People of Oregon: Essays and Reflections,
which won the Helen and Martin Schwarz Prize from the National
Federation of State Humanities Councils.
shared memories of his life and activism in a videotaped interview
conducted by Angelita Chavez and Trevor Griffey, November 1, 2005. To the right are streaming-video excerpts of the interview. Video editing by Daren Salter. Work on this interview was made possible by a grant from
4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.
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