Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Felipe Flores was born on May 1, 1954, in San Miguel de Camarena, Guanajuato, México; he is one of fourteen siblings, and the son of a bracero; he got formal schooling in México up to sixth grade, and up to college in the United States; in 1971, he moved with his family to California; his father moved his family with him for migratory work; he now lives in Ripley, California.
Summary of Interview
Mr. Flores remembers his childhood in Guanajuato, México, and his home life; he recounts that his father was a bracero before he was born, and that he only saw him about once a year; schooled up to sixth grade in México, he completed a college degree in the United States; he recalls working in the fields from age six, and the hardships they endured by not having their father around; moreover, he states that his father sent them money and cards while working in the United States; he discusses how his father moved the family to Mexicali, how then they saw him every week, and how in 1971 they moved to the United States following migratory work; furthermore, he expresses the importance of his mother to his family, and the love she raised them with; he also remembers an accident that killed his sister, and the effect that had on his family; additionally, he says that his father died in 1993, and that now he understands why his father left for the U.S., and the sacrifice that he made for them.
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Interview with Felipe Flores by Violeta Mena, 2006, "Interview no. 1190," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.