Cipriano Romero


Ariana Ornelas


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Cipriano Romero was born on December 10, 1934 in La Unión, Durango, Mexico. His parents worked picking cotton. He started working with his parents since he was young. He worked as a bracero in Arkansas and California.

Summary of Interview

Cipriano Romero worked picking cotton since he was ten years old. He traveled to Monterrey, Nuevo León, México to get hired in the bracero program. In 1956, Romero started working picking cotton in Helena, Arkansas. He renewed his contract and worked in Stockton, California. Romero had his first child at 22 years old in Arkansas. The salary was between $1.55 and $2.550 per hundred pounds of cotton. He worked as many hours as he could five days a week. Romero never had problems with the food or the housing provided in the different places where he worked. Romero remembered that in México was really difficult to have a good life. For that reason he feels really happy and satisfied for the money that he earned during that time.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

48 minutes

Tape Number

No. 1470

Transcript Number

No. 1470

Length of Transcript

34 pages



Interview Number

No. 1470

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.