Interviewee

Ignacia Godinez

Interviewer

Annette Shreibati

Project

Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Ignacia Godinez was born July 30, in Tequila, Jalisco, México; her mom’s name was Nicacia Castañeda, and her father’s name was Leonel de Santizo; they were laborers and worked in the fields; Ignacia had five siblings, but all of them died; she received very little formal education and instead worked in fields by the time she was ten years old; she later met a man by the name of Esteban Godinez, who was from Michoacán, México; together they had nine children, five girls and four boys; Esteban enlisted in the bracero program in 1942, and he continued with the program until it ended in 1964; they eventually married through the church in 1976; their daughter was ultimately able to help them legally immigrate to the United States.

Summary of Interview

Mrs. Godinez talks about her family and what her life was like growing up; she did not go to school very long, but she did learn how to write her name; she later met a man by the name of Esteban Godinez, who was from Michoacán, México; some time afterward, they moved to Mexicali, Baja California, México and had their first child in 1954; they had a total of nine children, five girls and four boys; Esteban enlisted in the bracero program in 1942, and he continued with the program until it ended in 1964; his contracts lasted six months to a year; as a bracero, he was able to work with a neighbor and brother-in-law; Esteban sent letters and one hundred and fifty to two hundred dollars home every month; Ignacia bought food and supplies with the money he sent; he often told her how hard life was, but that it was worth it, because of their children; life after the program was especially difficult, because there was no work; he sold paletas and water to make ends meet; they eventually married through the church in 1976; their daughter was ultimately able to help them legally immigrate to the United States.

Date of Interview

5-23-2006

Length of Interview

26 minutes

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Tape Number

No. 1222

Transcript Number

No. 1222

Length of Transcript

19 pages

Interview Number

No. 1222

Terms of Use

Unrestricted

Comments

Interview in Spanish.

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