Davies, Pete 1974-06-20

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Pete Davies, manager of a bracero labor association, discusses the bracero program.

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Interviewee Name: Pete Davies

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Date: June 20, 1974

Location: Bovina, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background discussed, Became manager of bracero labor association, Payroll growth traced, Explains procedures for obtaining braceros, Domestic workers showed little opposition, Bracero contract lasted 6 weeks, Had little trouble with braceros, Noted braceros' buying habits, Served over 500 members, Describes beginning operation in Friona and reason for it, Billing explained, Notes "special" braceros, Domestic and bracero labor worked together, Program had good points, Notes number employed, Used an interpreter, Anecdote about profanity

Tape 1, Side 2: Characterizes labor officials, Tells about bracero suicide, Recalls sick bracero, Had complaints from grocery store about braceros, Program helped both Mexico and the United States, Defended program in Austin and Washington, Names important directors, Association phased out in 1964, Began farming

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