Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Bernardo Treviño on September 2, 1936, in Saltillo, Coahuila, México; he grew up in a family of farm workers; at an early age, he worked in the fields with his family; he worked as a bracero until 1964 in Michigan and Texas; there, he picked cotton and cut cucumbers.
Summary of Interview
Mr. Treviño recalls his childhood in Saltillo, Coahuila, México, and his work as a child on the farm; he remembers going through the hiring process in Zacatecas, Zacatecas, México, and signing his contract in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México; additionally, he describes his trip to the border, and being sprayed with pesticide at the United States-México border; he states that he worked as a bracero until 1964 in Michigan and Texas; there, he picked and irrigated cotton and cut cucumbers; furthermore, he details what his daily activities were like, and the good treatment he received in the United States; he relates that sometimes he spent his free time on the Mexican side of the border; moreover, he discusses how he wished he would get his bracero savings funds back, and that more attention needs to be given to the bracero cases; he concludes by stating that once the program was over he did not wish to return to the U.S.
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Interview with Bernardo Treviño Cervantes by Violeta Domínguez, 2003, "Interview no. 1057," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.
Interview in Spanish.