Natibidad Mancinas


Myrna Parra-Mantilla


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


Length of Interview

34 minutes

Tape Number

No. 975

Transcript Number

No. 975

Length of Transcript

27 pages

Interview Number

No. 975

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.