Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Lorenzo Maynes was born on August 10, 1924, in Clint, Texas; he grew up on a ranch where his father was the foreman, and he consequently learned the agricultural trade from his father; eventually, he himself became a foreman, and he was often put in charge of hiring braceros as workers.
Summary of Interview
Mr. Maynes recalls his childhood and early adolescence; he briefly describes what life was like for him during World War II; eventually, he became the head foreman on a farm whose primary focus was cotton; he was periodically sent to Rio Vista, a processing center in Socorro, Texas, to pick up braceros and bring them back to the farm; oftentimes, he was responsible for hiring anywhere from 50 to 200 braceros; he explains what Rio Vista was like and how the farmers would choose which men to hire; in addition, he describes what the farm where they lived was like, what their daily activities were, and what they did for fun in their spare time; the farmers would often tell any of the workers who had not already done so to go to Rio Vista and officially register as braceros; he concludes that during World War II the Bracero Program was beneficial both agriculturally and economically; in his opinion, such a program would again be welcomed for agricultural purposes.
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Interview with Lorenzo Maynes by Laureano Martinez, 2003, "Interview no. 1133," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.