Myrna Parra Mantilla


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Bárbaro Chacón Delgado was born in San José de Carreras, Chihuahua, México, in 1923; his father was a farmer; in 1946, he became a bracero; he was hired by a food processing company in Michigan; in 1947, he was married during one of his visits to his family in Chihuahua; he went on to work across the United States, however, he worked primarily in beet fields; he eventually became a supervisor in one of those fields; he worked as a bracero for a total of fifteen years.

Summary of Interview

By the time Mr. Chacón became a bracero in 1946, thousands of people from the south of México had arrived in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, to begin the hiring process; from Chihuahua, people were sent to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas; the ranchers came to Fort Bliss to take as many braceros as they needed for work; he recalls that as a direct consequence of World War II, people in the United States suffered from food shortages and other such difficulties; he also remembers that although he never personally suffered from racist aggressions or discrimination, groups like the Ku Klux Klan killed many braceros.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

65 minutes

Tape Number

No. 964

Transcript Number

No. 964

Length of Transcript

47 pages

Interview Number

No. 964

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.