Myrna Parra-Mantilla


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Guadalupe Estrada Estrada was born in San Francisco de Borja, Chihuahua, México, in 1934; he worked the fields of his hometown with his father for ten years; in 1952, he enrolled in the Bracero Program and came to the United States; he worked in the cotton fields of Texas and New Mexico.

Summary of Interview

Mr. Estrada initially learned of the Bracero Program while working the fields of his hometown in San Francisco de Borja, Chihuahua, México; his first work contract was in Lamesa, Texas, for twenty-eight days; he was paid $1.50 per pound of cotton that he picked; while working, he hurt his hand and a rancher took him to the hospital; he also worked in Dell City, Texas and Las Cruces and Deming, New Mexico; when he returned to México it was difficult for him to find work.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

31 minutes

Tape Number

No. 968

Transcript Number

No. 968

Length of Transcript

17 pages

Interview Number

No. 968

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.