Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Ramón Gil was born in Tamaulipas, Tamaulipas, Mexico on August 31, 1923. His father sells jewelry and his mother was a housewife. Gil started working in retail and attended school during the evenings. He worked as a bracero when he was 21 years old.
Summary of Interview
Ramón Gil worked as a bracero at Salt Pacific in Sacramento, California. Gil organized the material for the railroad for six months, then he moved to Tampico, Mexico. In Tamaulipas, he worked in the Mexican oil business and later he moved to Buffalo, New York, where he got married and started a family. As a bracero, he was paid every 15 days; his wage was $8.16 per hour. Gil had only one bad experience as a bracero, they were supposed to have a savings account at Wells Fargo, but he has never seen a penny of that money.
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Interview with Ramón Gil by Anaís Acosta, 2010, "Interview no. 1467," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.
Interview in Spanish.