Mexican-American Oral History Project: Interview with Manuel Contreras

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Titles Mexican-American Oral History Project: Interview with Manuel Contreras
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Manuel Contreras was born in Durango, Mexico, in 1904. He was raised by his sisters because his father was shot in a fight and his mother died at childbirth. He and his sisters had ranches that were taken away from them during the Mexican Revolution, in which Contreras fought at the age of ten. Fearing for his life, he escaped from the country in 1924. In that year he and a sister traveled from Texas to Minnesota. Later he worked in the fields in Lake Lillian and Chaska, and in 1933 he came to St. Paul. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The Mexican Revolution, including its leaders and its effect on Contreras's family; life in St. Paul in the 1930s; work in sugar beet fields in rural Minnesota and in meat packing plants in South St. Paul; work in a munitions plant in New Brighton; family life and history; and the people and customs of St. Paul's Mexican-American community. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: In Spanish, transcribed into English.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
31 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:33:30 running time
Creation Interviewee: Contreras, Manuel
Interviewer: Barela, Victor
Made in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Mexican Americans -- Minnesota.
Dates Creation: 07/16/1975
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 49 (Library Call Number)
AV1996.92.14 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Mexican-American Oral History Project'


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  • Julia Paris on December 11, 2017 03:44:07 PM
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  • Heather Liston on October 26, 2018 07:31:29 PM
    Manuel Contreras in my great great uncle.

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