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A Bracero Protests Low Pay and Discrimination

Although he had received a rare scholarship to attend middle school, Andrés Héctor Quezada Lara dropped out to become a bracero. His work took him to many places in the United States, including South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas. First he worked on the railroads, but later worked cutting lettuce and sugar beets in the other states. Here he describes leading other braceros to demand better wages and how he outsmarted racist salesmen. This interview was translated from the original Spanish.

Source | Myrna Parra-Mantilla, "Andrés Héctor Quezada Lara," in Bracero History Archive, Item #4, (accessed 26 January 2010), translated by Tony Paulino.
Creator | Bracero History Archive
Interviewer | Myrna Parra-Mantilla
Interviewee | Andres Hector Quezada Lara
Item Type | Oral History
Cite This document | Bracero History Archive, “A Bracero Protests Low Pay and Discrimination,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed September 24, 2023,

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