The papers consist of materials that Pedro Villaseñor, a Mexican Roman Catholic nationalist, created and assembled that document
the troubled church-state relations of Mexico and their effect in Los Angeles, chiefly in the 1930s.
Pedro Villaseñor was born on October 29, 1907 in Coeneo, Michoacán, Mexico. Villaseñora, a Mexican Roman Catholic nationalist,
was the Los Angeles leader of the Sinarquistas, a staunchly right-wing, nationalistic, and Roman Catholic organization. Before
he worked with the Sinarquistas (which were founded in 1937 in León), he worked with the Asociación Católica de la Juventud
Mexicana (founded in Mexico in 1913) in Los Angeles, and he established the Comité Popular de la Defensa Mexicana in Los Angeles
in 1935. These too were Mexican right-wing Roman Catholic organizations opposed to the Mexican government's suppression of
Roman Catholic practice and education. These activities reflect the impact of Mexico's Cristero War in Los Angeles, for Villaseñor's
correspondents clearly had Cristero sympathies.
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