Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Pedro Cantor was born on April 27, 1935, in Sacualco de las Torres, Jalisco, México; he is one of four brothers; at age fourteen, he began working in agriculture; he joined the Bracero Program in 1956, and worked in California gathering lettuce and picking peppers.
Summary of Interview
Mr. Cantor recalls his childhood in Sacualco de las Torres, Jalisco, México; he remembers attending school as a child, but stopping his education because he was often hit by the teacher; additionally, he describes how he began working in agriculture at age fourteen, and how he decided to join the Bracero Program in 1956 with his brothers; he details the process he went through at the contracting center in Empalme, Sonora, México, his trip to the border, and his experience entering the United States; he worked in California gathering lettuce and picking peppers; furthermore, he outlines how daily life was like on the ranches, what the work was, and how he was treated; he also expresses what living arrangments they had, how he got together with his brothers to rent housing, and what they would do on days off; moreover, he relates that he got the opportunity to live in the U.S. with proper documents once the program was terminated, and he decided to stay; he states that the Bracero Program helped change his life, and that he has positive memories of it.
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Interview with Pedro Cantor by Miguel Velásquez, 2005, "Interview no. 1114," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.