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
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)