“They call him Bracero…” The Quest for Economic Stability through the Bracero Program

UNCA Author/Contributor (non-UNCA co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Candice Workman (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
Web Site: http://library.unca.edu/
Tracey Rizzo

Abstract: After the December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entrance into World War II in both the Pacific and European fronts, Mexico, also declared war on Germany. The major issue that Mexico faced with their involvement in World War II was the risk of a physical conflict. The United States offered an outlet of support which essentially prevented Mexico getting involved in the war militarily but still allowed them to help with the Allied War Effort. Since many American men went to fight overseas the farm industry was in a bind. They were ready for harvest but no one was left to pick the crops. The United States sent officials to Mexico City to negotiate a plan for Mexico to provide labor to farmlands in the United States. The Mexican government agreed to this proposition but not without stipulations. The agreement became known as the Bracero Program. In the time since the termination of the Bracero Program in 1964 several narratives have been constructed to both preserve the heritage of the program and demean the basis on which it was founded. This paper looks at two of the greater themes within these narratives - economics and immigration.

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Language: English
Date: 2016

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