Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Manuel Enríquez Savignac was born in 1925, in the México, Distrito Federal; he maintains citizenship in both México and the United States; from 1951 to 1955, he provided catering services for the Bracero Program on both sides of the border.
Summary of Interview
Mr. Enríquez recalls his childhood and adolescent years; from the ages of fifteen to nineteen, he worked in aviation and consequently traveled often; while traveling and working, he met someone with whom he began a business partnership; together they opened a travel agency in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México; because so many of their clients were from Fort Bliss, in El Paso, Texas, they eventually came into contact with officials from the American government; they worked out a contract through the Bureau of Employment Services to provide catering for the braceros in Chihuahua, Chihuahua and Ciudad Juárez, México; consequently, they provided over 5,000,000 meals per year for various recruiting and processing centers; ultimately, they branched out and provided services on both sides of the border; Mr. Enriquez goes on to provide a detailed account of the different meals they would provide and the range of cooking procedures they employed as well.
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Interview with Manuel Enríquez Savignac by Fernanda Carrillo, 2003, "Interview no. 1126," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.