Ramón Gil


Anaís Acosta


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Ramón Gil was born in Tamaulipas, Tamaulipas, Mexico on August 31, 1923. His father sells jewelry and his mother was a housewife. Gil started working in retail and attended school during the evenings. He worked as a bracero when he was 21 years old.

Summary of Interview

Ramón Gil worked as a bracero at Salt Pacific in Sacramento, California. Gil organized the material for the railroad for six months, then he moved to Tampico, Mexico. In Tamaulipas, he worked in the Mexican oil business and later he moved to Buffalo, New York, where he got married and started a family. As a bracero, he was paid every 15 days; his wage was $8.16 per hour. Gil had only one bad experience as a bracero, they were supposed to have a savings account at Wells Fargo, but he has never seen a penny of that money.

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Length of Interview

14 minutes

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No. 1467

Transcript Number

No. 1467

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10 pages



Interview Number

No. 1467

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Interview in Spanish.