|Howard R. Rosenberg, "Snapshots in a Farm Labor Tradition," Labor Management Decisions, Winter-Spring, 1993|
The year 2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Bracero Program, a guest worker program coordinated between the
and Mexican governments. From 1942 to 1964, the Bracero Program offered an
estimated 4.5 million work contracts to almost 2 million Mexican men to offset
labor shortages in the United
These many facets of the bracero experience have been documented though various efforts. The Smithsonian Institution, in conjunction with
University, and the Institute of Oral History
at the University of Texas at El
Paso, launched the Bracero History Archive. This
collection preserves the testimonies of individuals who participated in the
program and of those affected by the absence of family members working in the United States.
Find out more about the Bracero Program by reading the complete Feature Story on the Latino American Experience, which includes a collection of oral histories selected from the Bracero History Archive that offer a close look into the lives of former braceros and their families. Each oral history, which is presented in the original Spanish text with added English translations, is enriched by a corresponding audio interview and supplementary reference materials. If you are not already a subscriber, click here for a free trial.