Castro, Beth

This interview was recorded in Tubac, Arizona on June 5th, 2019 and covers the following themes:  

b. 1949 

  • Father Raul Castro’s childhood experiences with discrimination. 

  • The meeting of Beth’s parents. 

  • Father’s love for Arizona, career drive, and desire to break glass ceilings. 

  • Beth’s childhood growing up in a political, interracial family.   

  • Family friendship with Ted DeGrazia. 

  • Growing up in the shadow of a public figure.  Father’s consciousness of his public image. 

  • Childhood social isolation because of father’s public career.  Threats against family. 

  • Beth’s use of the Castro name to raise money for scholarships. 

  • Father’s political ethos. 

  • Beth’s childhood on her family’s pony farm.  The Rillito River and horseback riding in the Catalina Foothills. 

  • Family move to El Salvador.  Life in US embassy and expectations for the daughter of a diplomat. 

  • College in Dallas and visits to Bolivia.  Bomb going off at embassy. 

  • Father’s Arizona gubernatorial run and career-focus. 

  • The stresses of Beth’s father’s political career her mother. 

  • Visits to Argentina. 

  • Raul Castro’s life after his political career. 

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