Interviewee

Florencio Magallanes

Interviewer

Myrna Parra-Mantilla

Project

Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Florencio Magallanes was born in Santa Isabel, Chihuahua, México, in 1933; he helped his father work the fields and he also went to school; he worked as a bracero in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado; he was able to renew his work contract eight times.

Summary of Interview

Mr. Magallanes briefly recalls his childhood during which time he went to school for only three years; he was hired as a bracero in 1954, and worked in cotton and beet fields; he worked in Pecos, Texas, where the living conditions were harsh; there were between 200-300 braceros living in the same barracks; the food service was terrible as well; sometimes there was not enough food for all the braceros, but they had to pay for the food regardless of whether they ate or not; whenever they had free time, they liked to drink beer and have races.

Date of Interview

5-11-2003

Length of Interview

32 minutes

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Tape Number

No. 976

Transcript Number

No. 976

Length of Transcript

17 pages

Interview Number

No. 976

Terms of Use

Unrestricted

Comments

Interview in Spanish.

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