Ramona Acosta

Title

Ramona Acosta

Description

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee: Ramona Acosta was born on October 13, 1928, in Phoenix, Arizona; her parents migrated to the United States illegally, where they had three children, of which Ramona was the eldest; when she was roughly five years old, her father was deported, and as a result, they all moved to México, where the family continued to grow; eight years later, Ramona returned to the United States, and shortly thereafter she started working in the fields alongside braceros; consequently, some of her cousins were braceros as well.

Summary of Interview: Ms. Acosta vividly describes her family and childhood; when she was roughly five years old, her father was deported, and as a result, the family moved to México; eight years later, Ramona returned to the United States at the bidding of her maternal grandparents; shortly thereafter, she started working in order to help support her family, including her parents, who were still in México; she labored in the fields picking and packing a variety of fruits and vegetables; although she had several employers, she explains that braceros and locals worked side by side; they had the same types of jobs and received the same pay and treatment; she goes on to describe the braceros as diligent, respectful, and amicable; consequently, there were a number of women who also worked in the fields, and they completed all the same tasks as the men; she also talks about her three cousins, who were braceros, and how their employers helped them immigrate to the United States; moreover, she details spending time with the braceros on weekends in stores, at the drive-in movies, or just listening to music and talking; in addition, she also discusses an incident where a group of braceros were driving into town on a bus, and it crashed, resulting in a large number of men dying; it was difficult to gauge the reactions of other braceros and workers, because at the time, radio and television were not used as a means of mass communication; therefore, many of the men’s bodies remain unclaimed, and they were buried in unnamed tombs; she concludes by stating that the bracero program had a positive affect on the city, in general, and on the nation as a whole.

Creator

Díaz, Alejandra
Acosta, Ramona

Date

2008-01-09

Subject

Labored in fields alongside braceros

Contributor

Cristóbal Borges

Rights

Institute of Oral History, The University of Texas at El Paso

Language

spa

title (Spanish)

Ramona Acosta

creator (Spanish)

Díaz, Alejandra

contributor (Spanish)

Cristóbal Borges

Rights Holder

Institute of Oral History, The University of Texas at El Paso

Interviewer

Díaz, Alejandra

Interviewee

Acosta, Ramona

Location

Phoenix, Arizona

Duration

57:54

Bit Rate/Frequency

24 bit
96 k

File Name Identifier

Acosta_AZ001

Citation

Díaz, Alejandra and Acosta, Ramona, “Ramona Acosta,” Bracero History Archive, accessed September 27, 2022, https://braceroarchive.org/items/show/654.