Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Francisca Barraza was born on December 31, 1959, in Papasquiaro, Durango, México; she was one of seven children; her mother’s name was Cecilia Meraz de Barraza; her father was born in Garame de Abajo, Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, México, August 12, 1912; he was one of three children; he was a bracero from 1945 to 1951.
Summary of Interview
Ms. Barraza recalls that her father was thirty-three years old when he joined the bracero program; he was contracted in Durango, México; as a bracero he completed six contracts and worked for the railroad in Oklahoma, San Antonio, Texas and the border region of Reynosa, México; Ms. Barraza recalls that her father sent money to Durango, México and was able to buy a ranch and marry upon his return; in addition, her father did not wish to return to the United States because he recalled the harsh working conditions and treatment which the braceros endured; he was not pleased with his daughters’ decision to move to the United States for these reasons.
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Interview with Francisca Barraza by Lilia Fernandez, 2005, "Interview no. 1265," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.