Interviewer

Myrna Parra Mantilla

Project

Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Nicolás Carreón Vega was born in Villa Aldama, Chihuahua, México, in 1933 [in 1995, the Mexican Congress changed the name from Villa Aldama to Ciudad Aldama]; as the eldest of the family, upon his father’s death he began working in the fields when he was only eight years old; he learned about the Bracero Program in 1953 and came to the United States.

Summary of Interview

Mr. Carreón briefly recounts his childhood; he focuses on his time in the United States as a bracero from 1953 until the mid 1960s; he discusses work contracts and the possibilities under which a mica card could be obtained; he worked in the cotton fields of Texas and New Mexico, the beet fields of Colorado, and on ranches in Arizona as well; while working in Artesia, New Mexico, he caught pneumonia and was hospitalized for a month; in 1955, he worked without a contract in Pecos, Texas, was caught and sent to jail; in 1958, the cotton field he worked was flooded so he and others were sent elsewhere to finish out their contracts.

Date of Interview

3-30-2003

Length of Interview

35 minutes

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Tape Number

No. 963

Transcript Number

No. 963

Length of Transcript

16 pages

Interview Number

No. 963

Terms of Use

Unrestricted

Comments

Interview in Spanish.

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