Francisca Barraza


Lilia Fernandez


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Francisca Barraza was born on December 31, 1959, in Papasquiaro, Durango, México; she was one of seven children; her mother’s name was Cecilia Meraz de Barraza; her father was born in Garame de Abajo, Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, México, August 12, 1912; he was one of three children; he was a bracero from 1945 to 1951.

Summary of Interview

Ms. Barraza recalls that her father was thirty-three years old when he joined the bracero program; he was contracted in Durango, México; as a bracero he completed six contracts and worked for the railroad in Oklahoma, San Antonio, Texas and the border region of Reynosa, México; Ms. Barraza recalls that her father sent money to Durango, México and was able to buy a ranch and marry upon his return; in addition, her father did not wish to return to the United States because he recalled the harsh working conditions and treatment which the braceros endured; he was not pleased with his daughters’ decision to move to the United States for these reasons.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

19 minutes

Tape Number

No. 1265

Transcript Number

No. 1265

Length of Transcript

15 pages


Alejandra Diaz

Interview Number

No. 1265

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.