Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Jesús Rosales was born on June 8, 1922; he grew up in Durango, Durango, México; in 1956, he began work as a bracero; he picked grapes and irrigated crops in California and Texas.
Summary of Interview
Mr. Rosales remembers the Cristero Revolution from when he was four years old; he became a bracero in 1956, and recounts his work picking grapes in California and cotton in Texas; additionally, he recalls how he learned to irrigate crops; this duty became his primary job; he recounts how he was hospitalized once and had surgery paid for by his employer; furthermore, he expresses that he received good treatment from his employers, and that he is proud of having been a bracero.
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Interview with Jesús Rosales Ríos by Laureano Martínez, 2003, "Interview no. 1016," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.