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.
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Interview with Florencio Magallanes by Myrna Parra-Mantilla, 2003, "Interview no. 976," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.