Interviewer

Myrna Parra-Mantilla

Project

Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Mauro González Gómez was born in La Boquilla, Municipio de Julimes, Chihuahua, México, in 1929; he helped his father work the land; in 1949, he learned about the Bracero Program and went to Chihuahua, Chihuahua to enroll; he worked in Texas and New Mexico.

Summary of Interview

In 1947, Mr. González worked illegally in the United States; when he learned of the Bracero Program he returned to Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, to begin the hiring process; while there, people were given the necessary papers to be hired as braceros; he recalls that the bracero center in El Paso, Texas, was the County Coliseum; people with less experience were sent to work in Pecos, Texas; he also recalls one bracero who was a Mexican soldier that liked to play poker; because of his gambling habits, he once killed another bracero who had won his money.

Date of Interview

6-12-2003

Length of Interview

34 minutes

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Tape Number

No. 973

Transcript Number

No. 973

Length of Transcript

25 pages

Interview Number

No. 973

Terms of Use

Unrestricted

Comments

Interview in Spanish.

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