Myrna Parra-Mantilla


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Mauro González Gómez was born in La Boquilla, Municipio de Julimes, Chihuahua, México, in 1929; he helped his father work the land; in 1949, he learned about the Bracero Program and went to Chihuahua, Chihuahua to enroll; he worked in Texas and New Mexico.

Summary of Interview

In 1947, Mr. González worked illegally in the United States; when he learned of the Bracero Program he returned to Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, to begin the hiring process; while there, people were given the necessary papers to be hired as braceros; he recalls that the bracero center in El Paso, Texas, was the County Coliseum; people with less experience were sent to work in Pecos, Texas; he also recalls one bracero who was a Mexican soldier that liked to play poker; because of his gambling habits, he once killed another bracero who had won his money.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

34 minutes

Tape Number

No. 973

Transcript Number

No. 973

Length of Transcript

25 pages

Interview Number

No. 973

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.