Interviewee

Isidro H. Buso

Interviewer

Laureano Martínez

Project

Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Isidro H. Buso was born and raised in Delicias, Chihuahua, México, on March 16, 1942; he was the eldest of his four brothers and sister; his father was a construction worker who taught him the trade; at the age of seventeen, he began working in construction; in 1962, he enrolled in the Bracero Program; while working as a bracero, his various jobs included picking cotton, driving cattle, and feeding hens.

Summary of Interview

Mr. Buso briefly recalls his childhood and adolescence; in 1962, he went through the hiring process in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, and from there was sent to Rio Vista, a processing center in Socorro, Texas; he gives a detailed description of his various jobs as a bracero, which included, picking cotton, castrating and driving cattle, and feeding hens; in addition, he also discusses housing issues, the various wages earned, the methods of payment, the length of his contracts, and one instance of racism experienced by his friend who was an African American; sometime later, he decided to become a legal resident, and he details the procedures associated with doing so and how it changed his life; he remarks that his dreams and illusions of working in the United States were well worth any inconveniences he might have faced.

Date of Interview

3-6-2003

Length of Interview

112 minutes

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Tape Number

No. 1120

Transcript Number

No. 1120

Length of Transcript

66 pages

Interview Number

No. 1120

Terms of Use

Unrestricted

Comments

Interview in Spanish.

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