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Jesus Silva


Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee: Jesus Silva was born on January 1, 1932, in Michoacán, México; he was one of sixteen siblings; at age six, he began working with his father in agriculture; he never attended formal schooling, and later joined the Bracero Program; he worked in California picking tomatoes.

Summary of Interview: Mr. Silva recalls growing up in Michoacán, México with fifteen siblings; he states that at age six he began working with his father in agriculture; he explains that as a young man he heard about the bracero program, and decided to enlist; additionally, he details what the hiring process was like in Empalme, Sonora, México; he describes what the medical exams were like, how they bathed them with hot water, and how they were sprayed with powder for disinfection; furthermore, he remembers working in California picking tomatoes, and what his daily work day was like; he presents what food braceros had, what their living arrangements were like, and how they were treated; moreover, he recounts that after three months he returned to México; he concludes by stating that even though the disinfection process was humiliating, he has fond memories of the program as a whole.




Acosta, Anais



Bibliographic Citation

Acosta, Anais, "Jesus Silva," in Bracero History Archive, Item #143, http://braceroarchive.org/items/show/143 (accessed August 12, 2020).

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