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n. pl. bra·ce·ros
Any of the Mexican laborers in the mid-1900s who were permitted to enter the United States and work for a limited period of time, especially in agriculture.

[Spanish, laborer, from brazo, arm, from Latin brācchium, from Greek brakhīōn, upper arm; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -ros
a Mexican labourer working in the USA, esp one admitted into the country to relieve labour shortages during and immediately after World War II


(brɑˈsɛər oʊ)

n., pl. -ros.
a Mexican laborer admitted legally into the U.S. for a short period to perform seasonal, usu. agricultural, labor.
[1915–20; < Sp: laborer, literally, one who swings his arms]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bracero - a Mexican laborer who worked in the United States on farms and railroads in order to ease labor shortages during World War II
laborer, labourer, manual laborer, jack - someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
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Henry Pope Anderson's account of the Bracero Program in California says that workers often could not eat their bologna sandwiches, since they were such a departure from the Mexican diet: "To most braceros there are at least four things wrong with bologna sandwiches.
Black Labor, White Sugar: Caribbean Braceros and their Struggle for Power in the Cuban Sugar Industry.
The first lead and zinc concentrates produced from the company's newly modified Los Braceros Mill have been shipped to the Port of Manzanillo from the Cosala Operations in Sinaloa, Mexico.
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The 1964 decision to exclude braceros was made explicitly to raise wages and employment for domestic farm workers.
Clemens and Hannah Postel, economists from the Center for Global Development, explored whether the experiment - the expulsion of Mexican braceros (manual laborers) to work (mostly farm work) temporarily in the U.
1) The large cocoa and coffee plantations that came to envelop this Spanish island employed between 30,000 and 60,000 braceros 'arm people' or agricultural contract workers.
A 1959 government study (US Department of Labor, 1959) concluded that the availability of braceros held down farm wages, encouraging Mexican Americans to move to cities where they did not face competition from braceros.
Guests were also impressed by the Crystal Seas' collection designed by Carmaela Braceros Alcantara, the 32-year-old prodigy of renowned jewelry designer Alexis Bittar.
It considers how the racialized anti-communism of the blacklist period shaped the photos and films made by agribusiness and farm worker unions; United Farm Workers filmmaking in relation to Latin American Third Cinema and anti-Vietnam War films and popular accounts of video and audiocassettes during the Iranian Revolution; how the technological visions of California agribusiness in the films of George Lucas and the activist art of Ester Hernandez and Barbara Carrasco engage with Cold War militarism; and farm workers in the films Sleep Dealer and Gatekeeper and the novella Lunar Braceros.
A series of laws and diplomatic agreements between the United States and Mexico initiated during World War II created the Bracero Program, which brought in guest workers, or braceros, by the thousands, and finally, the millions, to shore up a labor force depleted by war.
admitted its first set of contracted Mexican nationals known as braceros through the Migrant Labor Agreement negotiated with Mexico.