Interviewer

Laureano Martínez

Project

Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Jesús Andrade was born on September 15, 1930, in Canatlán, Durango, México; when he was seven years old, he began working in the fields in order to help his family; in 1948, when he was eighteen, he enrolled in the Bracero Program; as a bracero, he picked cotton in New Mexico and Texas, cleaned sugar beet fields in Montana, and he also worked in a pickle bottling factory in Michigan; he continued working with the program until 1956.

Summary of Interview

Mr. Andrade briefly recalls his family and childhood; growing up, he and his family endured extreme economic hardships; in 1948, when he was eighteen years old, he enrolled in the Bracero Program; he describes the difficulties he went through during the hiring process as well as the humiliating medical examinations he and other braceros underwent at the reception center in Eagle Pass, Texas; as a bracero, he picked cotton in New Mexico and Texas, cleaned sugar beet fields in Montana, and he also worked in a pickle bottling factory in Michigan; he goes on to explain the daily activities on the farm including work, wages, and how he was treated well by his American employers; he continued working with the program until 1956.

Date of Interview

2-1-2003

Length of Interview

64 minutes

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Tape Number

No. 993

Transcript Number

No. 993

Length of Transcript

58 pages

Interview Number

No. 993

Terms of Use

Unrestricted

Comments

Interview in Spanish.

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