Interviewee

Fernando Rodríguez

Interviewer

Fernanda Carrillo

Project

Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Fernando Rodríguez was born in El Paso, Texas, on January 22, 1937; upon graduating from high school in 1954, he went into the United States Navy; when he left the Navy in 1959, he began working as a clerk and typist for Rio Vista, a processing center for braceros in Socorro, Texas.

Summary of Interview

Mr. Rodríguez recalls that as a teenager, he worked at a grocery store near a ranch that employed braceros; because the braceros were not allowed to leave the ranch, he would often go and collect a list of groceries from them in order to bring them what they needed; later, in 1954, when he graduated from high school, he went into the Navy; when his tour of duty was over in 1959, he began working as a clerk and typist for Rio Vista, a processing center for the Bracero Program in Socorro, Texas; his work there was temporary and coincided with the cotton seasons in 1959 and 1960; he describes the facilities and the various procedures that braceros went through while at the center and what his various responsibilities entailed; in addition, he mentions several interesting anecdotes about his different experiences with braceros.

Date of Interview

3-5-2003

Length of Interview

40 minutes

Listen to the Interview

 
Media is loading

Tape Number

No. 1138

Transcript Number

No. 1138

Length of Transcript

20 pages

Interview Number

No. 1138

Terms of Use

Unrestricted

Comments

Interview in Spanish.

Share

COinS