Interviewee

Natibidad Mancinas

Interviewer

Myrna Parra-Mantilla

Project

Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Natibidad Mancinas was born in Nieves, Zacatecas, Mexico, in 1929 [in 1995, the Mexican Congress changed the name of Nieves, Zacatecas to General Francisco R. Murguia]; he helped his dad work the fields as a young boy, and consequently did not receive any formal schooling; he worked as a bracero for six years; he worked in Texas, Michigan, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Summary of Interview

Mr. Mancinas was married and living in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, when he learned about the Bracero Program; consequently his brothers also decided to become braceros; his decision to become a bracero was based on the financial difficulties he faced at the time; he was paid only two pesos per week in México; in El Trocadero, a processing center in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexican soldiers kept order; many people were scared of the soldiers; his first work contract took him to Pecos, Texas, where he earned 75¢ a day for working in the cotton fields; he recalls that the African-Americans in Arkansas were very friendly to the braceros.

Date of Interview

5-12-2003

Length of Interview

34 minutes

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Tape Number

No. 975

Transcript Number

No. 975

Length of Transcript

27 pages

Interview Number

No. 975

Terms of Use

Unrestricted

Comments

Interview in Spanish.

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