THE PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES OF THE 19TH CENTURY CENTRAL VALLEY - Mexican Immigration 

Mexican girl hand picking cotton
Mexican girl hand picking cotton

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Moses Avila with children Becky, Alicia and Larry Fresno, c 1942
Moses Avila with children Becky, Alicia and Larry Fresno, c 1942

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Sante Fe Railroad track layers, Calwa, 1937 Moses Avila leaning on shovel - edited
Sante Fe Railroad track layers, Calwa, 1937 Moses Avila leaning on shovel - edited

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Mexican girl hand picking cotton
Mexican girl hand picking cotton

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Latinos have come to be part of the United States through many different avenues: immigrants seeking a better life, refugees driven by war and those who did not move at all, but who found themselves on the other side of redefined borders as the United States expanded.  We have been able to collect the personal stories and memories from many local Mexican Americans who immigrated to Fresno County in the early 20th century.  Their stories were recorded in the 1970s, nearly 50 years ago.  These stories are now available for you to listen to and learn from.  Audio recordings and typed transcripts are included below.  

PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIAL 

Oral History Summary
& Transcript for 
Sally Haro Interview

Oral History Summary 
& Transcript for 
Antonio G. Garcia

Oral History Summary 
& Transcript for 
Arthur Tirado

SECONDARY SOURCE MATERIAL - ADDITIONAL READING

Hard times & Wartime
1930-1950
Fresno's Hispanic Heritage

Mexican's in the Valley
1900-1930

Made Possible By These Generous Sponsors

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