Valor : The American Odyssey of Roy Dominguez

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The son of Hispanic immigrants, Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez grew up in gang-plagued Gary, Indiana. With strong family support, he managed to beat the odds, graduating with distinction from Indiana University, finishing law school after a rough start, and maturing into a successful attorney and officeholder. Yet there was more in store for Roy. Ready to start a family and embark on a career as a deputy prosecutor, he was stricken with Guillain-Barre syndrome. How he coped with and eventually overcame this debilitating affliction is a compelling part of his story. The experience steeled him to meet future crises with wisdom, perspective, and grit. An inspiring true story, Valor is also a significant and original contribution to the social, ethnic, and political history of more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 42 b&w illus.
  • 025300232X
  • 9780253002327

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"An engaging and inspirational story... [with a] universal message of the importance of family and overcoming adversity." -Stephen G. McShane, author of Steel Giants: Historical Images from the Calumet Regional Archives "A rags-to-riches story of a Mexican American who overcame many hardships to become the sheriff of Lake County, after a stellar career as a state trooper, attorney, and local political figure." -Ronald Cohen, Emeritus Professor of History, IUNWshow more

About Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez

Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez is a practicing attorney in Gary, Indiana. He served as a Deputy Prosecutor and was appointed chair of the Worker's Compensation Board by Governor Evan Bayh. After establishing a successful law practice, Dominguez was Sheriff of Lake County from 2002 to 2010.James B. Lane is Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University Northwest, co-director of the Calumet Regional Archives, editor of Steel Shavings magazine, and author of numerous books, including "City of the Century": A History of Gary, Indiana (IUP, 1978).show more

Table of contents

Foreword by Evan BayhPrefaceChapter One: RootsChapter Two: Growing UpChapter Three: Teen YearsChapter Four: Work and CollegeChapter Five: State Trooper and Law StudentChapter Six: Advances and SetbacksChapter Seven: Evan Bayh and Statewide OfficeChapter Eight: 1990s Political CampaignsChapter Nine: Becoming Lake County SheriffChapter Ten: Triumph and TragedyChapter Eleven: Second TermChapter Twelve: Dreaming BigConclusion: Core ValuesAfterword by James B. Laneshow more

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