Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Alberto Montes was born on September 14, 1928, in Huejuquilla el Alto, Jalisco, México; he is the oldest of eight siblings; he never attended formal schooling, and began working in agriculture at age eleven; in 1953, he enlisted in the Bracero Program; he worked in New Mexico picking cotton.
Summary of Interview
Mr. Montes recalls growing up in Huejuquilla el Alto, Jalisco, México with seven siblings; he states that at age eleven he began working in agriculture; he explains that he heard about the Bracero Program in 1952, and decided to enlist in 1953; additionally, he details what the hiring process was like in Empalme, Sonora, México; he describes what the medical exams were like, the process he went through, and his trip to the border; furthermore, he remembers working in New Mexico picking cotton, and what his daily work day was like; he presents what food braceros had, what their living arrangements were like, and how they were treated; moreover, he recounts the discrimination he experienced; he concludes by stating that he has fond memories of the program, and that after repeated trips to the United States, he decided to stay in San Jose, California.
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Interview with Alberto Montes by Mireya Loza, 2005, "Interview no. 1112," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.