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Guadalupe Balderrama


Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee: Guadalupe Balderrama was born in Santa Isabel, Chihuahua, México, in 1920; he helped his father work in the fields; he also went to school for a few years; he worked as a bracero in Texas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Summary of Interview: Mr. Balderrama briefly recounts his childhood, and how times were very hard for him and his family; he was only able to go to school for three years; he went to Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, to begin the hiring process for the Bracero Program; in 1953, he was sent to El Paso, Texas; his first work contract took him to Canutillo, Texas; as a bracero, he worked in cotton, cucumber, and beet fields; he recalls that many braceros bought their groceries from the rancher’s stores; whenever the braceros had free time, they liked to play billiards.




Parra-Mantilla, Myrna



Bibliographic Citation

Parra-Mantilla, Myrna, "Guadalupe Balderrama," in Bracero History Archive, Item #13, http://braceroarchive.org/items/show/13 (accessed February 21, 2019).

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