Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Cipriano Romero was born on December 10, 1934 in La Unión, Durango, Mexico. His parents worked picking cotton. He started working with his parents since he was young. He worked as a bracero in Arkansas and California.
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Cipriano Romero worked picking cotton since he was ten years old. He traveled to Monterrey, Nuevo León, México to get hired in the bracero program. In 1956, Romero started working picking cotton in Helena, Arkansas. He renewed his contract and worked in Stockton, California. Romero had his first child at 22 years old in Arkansas. The salary was between $1.55 and $2.550 per hundred pounds of cotton. He worked as many hours as he could five days a week. Romero never had problems with the food or the housing provided in the different places where he worked. Romero remembered that in México was really difficult to have a good life. For that reason he feels really happy and satisfied for the money that he earned during that time.
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Interview with Cipriano Romero by Ariana Ornelas, 2010, "Interview no. 1470," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.