Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Natibidad Mancinas was born in Nieves, Zacatecas, Mexico, in 1929 [in 1995, the Mexican Congress changed the name of Nieves, Zacatecas to General Francisco R. Murguia]; he helped his dad work the fields as a young boy, and consequently did not receive any formal schooling; he worked as a bracero for six years; he worked in Texas, Michigan, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Colorado.
Summary of Interview
Mr. Mancinas was married and living in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, when he learned about the Bracero Program; consequently his brothers also decided to become braceros; his decision to become a bracero was based on the financial difficulties he faced at the time; he was paid only two pesos per week in México; in El Trocadero, a processing center in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexican soldiers kept order; many people were scared of the soldiers; his first work contract took him to Pecos, Texas, where he earned 75¢ a day for working in the cotton fields; he recalls that the African-Americans in Arkansas were very friendly to the braceros.
Date of Interview
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Interview with Natibidad Mancinas by Myrna Parra-Mantilla, 2003, "Interview no. 975," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.