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Theresa Gonzalez (1902 - 1972)

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Theresa Gonzalez
1902 - 1972
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June 30, 1902
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May 1972
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Elko, Elko County, Nevada 89801
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Theresa Gonzalez was born on June 30, 1902. She died in May 1972 at age 69. We know that Theresa Gonzalez had been residing in Elko, Elko County, Nevada 89801.
Updated: November 10, 2011
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Theresa Gonzalez passed away in May 1972 at age 69. She was born on June 30, 1902. We are unaware of information about Theresa's immediate family. We know that Theresa Gonzalez had been residing in Elko, Elko County, Nevada 89801.
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In 1902, in the year that Theresa Gonzalez was born, about 150 thousand United Mine Workers went on strike in eastern Pennsylvania for a wage increase and more suitable hours. They eventually got a 10% raise and their workday was reduced from 10 hours to 9. Because winter was coming and most people at the time heated their homes with coal, President Teddy Roosevelt arbitrated between the owners and the workers - the first time that the Federal government arbitrated in a strike.

In 1916, by the time she was merely 14 years old, suffragette Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman elected to the House of Representatives as a Representative at large from Montana. She was the first woman to hold an elected Federal office. Holding the office for two years, she ran again in 1940 and served another two year term. Montana had granted women unrestricted voting rights in 1914, 6 years before women got the vote nationally.

In 1923, at the age of 21 years old, Theresa was alive when Harlem's Cotton Club opened in New York City. Owned by a bootlegger and gangster, it was a 700 seat speakeasy that catered to a "white only" clientele. But most of the entertainers were African-American and featured some of the best entertainers of the time such as Lena Horne, the Nicholas Brothers, Ethel Waters, and Cab Calloway.

In 1950, when she was 48 years old, in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

In 1972, in the year of Theresa Gonzalez's passing, on November 7th, Richard Nixon won re-election, amidst the dawning knowledge of the Watergate scandal, by 60.7% to anti-war candidate George McGovern's 37.5%.

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