Myrna Parra Mantilla
Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Bárbaro Chacón Delgado was born in San José de Carreras, Chihuahua, México, in 1923; his father was a farmer; in 1946, he became a bracero; he was hired by a food processing company in Michigan; in 1947, he was married during one of his visits to his family in Chihuahua; he went on to work across the United States, however, he worked primarily in beet fields; he eventually became a supervisor in one of those fields; he worked as a bracero for a total of fifteen years.
Summary of Interview
By the time Mr. Chacón became a bracero in 1946, thousands of people from the south of México had arrived in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, to begin the hiring process; from Chihuahua, people were sent to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas; the ranchers came to Fort Bliss to take as many braceros as they needed for work; he recalls that as a direct consequence of World War II, people in the United States suffered from food shortages and other such difficulties; he also remembers that although he never personally suffered from racist aggressions or discrimination, groups like the Ku Klux Klan killed many braceros.
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Interview with Bárbaro Chacón Delgado by Myrna Parra Mantilla, 2003, "Interview no. 964," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.