Myrna Parra-Mantilla


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Aurelio Delgado Moreno was born in Las Nieves, Durango, México, in 1924; he helped his father work in the fields; he later helped work on the Pan-American Highway; in 1953, while he was working in Camargo, Chihuahua, he heard of the Bracero Program; he worked as a bracero for only three months; after that, he never returned to the United States.

Summary of Interview

In 1954, when Mr. Delgado became a bracero, he was married and had two children; he recalls that the officials from the United States chose braceros based on the way they walked and the condition of their hands; his first work contract took him to Pecos, Texas; the living conditions there were problematic because there were up to forty braceros per barracks; many of them stayed up late playing cards or talking; he remembers that there was one bracero that was particularly good at playing cards; as a result, this bracero and a rancher went from town to town playing cards, and consequently won a lot of money; Mr. Delgado tried sending money to his family, but they never received any of it.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

54 minutes

Tape Number

No. 965

Transcript Number

No. 965

Length of Transcript

24 pages

Interview Number

No. 965

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.