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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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Oral histories of the Bracero Program--the migrant farm worker program that ran in the U.
The 1964 termination of the bracero program, which recruited Mexican guest workers to work on American farms, had "little measurable effect on the labor market for domestic farm workers.
Spencer-Cooke, the British Vice Consul on the island, explains that it was often 'sufficient for an employer', without the bracero, to appear 'in the Spanish Labour Office and state that the particular labourer wished to enter into another [contract] with the same employer'; as 'all employers keep the personal copies of workers' contracts this practice was all too easy'.
Labor shortages during the First World War led to the first Bracero Program for Mexican guest workers between 1917 and 1921.
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.
In contrast, racialized labour has been organized through racial logics, justifying chattel slavery up until the mid-19th century, then Jim Crow laws across the American south, and the influx of Mexican labourers through the Bracero program, through which Mexicans were permitted to work seasonally but were unable to become permanent residents of the United States.
The situation led to an extended series of guest worker contracts popularly known as the Bracero period (1942-1964).
and his wife Inez Mathieu of Spencer, and 7 grandchildren, Elizabeth Lamica, Kristin Mathieu, Jonathan Mathieu, Callie Rae Mathieu, Brett Lamica, Ryan Mathieu, and Logan Mathieu and a great-grandson Justin David Bracero.
Readers interested in a closer examination of William's attitudes in the period of April 1946 to December 1952--with special reference to his notes on Westbrook Pegler, FDR's "court-packing," the bracero workers' program, and his self-image as an hard-drinking gentleman farmer in east Texas and the Rio Grande Valley--should have a look at my good friend Rob Johnson's The Lost Years of William S.
The two countries signed the Bracero Agreement in 1943, which began the importation of laborers or "braceros" from Mexico to work in the United States.
He examines recruiting, processing and transporting bracero labor to the US, then takes a stand in defense of indentured labor, examines the case of Henry P.
Harvest of Loneliness/Cosecha Triste: The Bracero Program (2010) (bilingual English and Spanish)