Jesús Rosales Ríos


Laureano Martínez


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Jesús Rosales was born on June 8, 1922; he grew up in Durango, Durango, México; in 1956, he began work as a bracero; he picked grapes and irrigated crops in California and Texas.

Summary of Interview

Mr. Rosales remembers the Cristero Revolution from when he was four years old; he became a bracero in 1956, and recounts his work picking grapes in California and cotton in Texas; additionally, he recalls how he learned to irrigate crops; this duty became his primary job; he recounts how he was hospitalized once and had surgery paid for by his employer; furthermore, he expresses that he received good treatment from his employers, and that he is proud of having been a bracero.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

75 minutes

Tape Number

No. 1016

Transcript Number

No. 1016

Length of Transcript

64 pages

Interview Number

No. 1016

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.