Interviewee

Primitivo Bustamante

Interviewer

Myrna García

Project

Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Primitivo Bustamante was born on June 10, 1952, in Coahuila, México; he had four brothers and four sisters; his father worked as a bracero during the late fifties in California, New Mexico, and Texas; despite being encouraged by his father to attend school, he left after the sixth grade, because he didn’t like it; his father eventually returned to México where he continued working in agriculture; Primitivo immigrated to the United States in the seventies, and consequently, all his children were born there as well.

Summary of Interview

Mr. Bustamante discusses his family and childhood; during the late fifties, when he was about five or six years old, his father worked as a bracero in California, New Mexico, and Texas; as a young boy, he recalls his father explaining what it meant to be a bracero; despite being encouraged by his father to attend school, he left after the sixth grade, because he didn’t like it; he goes on to describe his father as a very hard working man who never let his family go without and who constantly set a good example for him; although his father could not read or write, he always found someone to read and write letters for him; he would also send money orders home via registered mail; with the money he sent, his wife was able to buy beds, tables, chairs, and other such furnishings for their home; when he returned to México, he would bring gifts for his children and stay for about three or four months before leaving to work again; on one occasion, his wife went with him to Texas and had a child while there, but she returned to México shortly thereafter; he eventually returned to México, where he continued working in agriculture; Primitivo immigrated to the United States during he seventies, and consequently, all his children were born there as well; he concludes by describing how proud he is of his father and his legacy of hard work.

Date of Interview

9-1-2005

Length of Interview

62 minutes

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Tape Number

No. 1266

Transcript Number

No. 1266

Length of Transcript

27 pages

Transcriber

Alejandra Diaz

Interview Number

No. 1266

Terms of Use

Unrestricted

Comments

Interview in Spanish.

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