Myrna Parra Mantilla
Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Guadalupe Balderrama was born in Santa Isabel, Chihuahua, México, in 1920; he helped his father work in the fields; he also went to school for a few years; he worked as a bracero in Texas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Colorado.
Summary of Interview
Mr. Baderrama briefly recounts his childhood, and how times were very hard for him and his family; he was only able to go to school for three years; he went to Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, to begin the hiring process for the Bracero Program; in 1953, he was sent to El Paso, Texas; his first work contract took him to Canutillo, Texas; as a bracero, he worked in cotton, cucumber, and beet fields; he recalls that many braceros bought their groceries from the rancher’s stores; whenever the braceros had free time, they liked to play billiards.
Date of Interview
Length of Interview
Length of Transcript
Interview with Guadalupe Balderrama by Myrna Parra Mantilla, 2003, "Interview no. 962," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.