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.
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Interview with Guadalupe Balderrama by Myrna Parra Mantilla, 2003, "Interview no. 962," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.