Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964 Exhibition


California State University, Channel Islands
John Spoor Broome Library
Braceros, Bracero Program, Immigration, Migrant Worker
The Bracero Program was initiated in 1942, during War World II, as a temporary war measure to address the labor needs in both the agriculture and railroad industries. The program spanned over 28 states, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, New Mexico, and Texas. The Bracero Program, according to the Smithsonian National Museum, brought millions of Mexican guest workers to the United States. In 2010, CI hosted the Bittersweet Harvest, The Bracero Program 1942-1964, a traveling bilingual exhibition organized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The exhibit examines the experiences of bracero workers and their families, providing rich insight into Mexican American history and historical background to today's debates on guest worker programs. This digital collection contains ▪exhibit documents ▪exhibit images ▪interview documentation ▪oral histories.
Dates covered:
English and Spanish. Note: Some audio oral histories have not yet been transcribed in English and Spanish.
Collection Size:
2 feet (most is digitalized)
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Citation Sample:
Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964 Exhibition, California State University Channel Islands Archives
Collection policy:
Not all items are open to the general public. Most of collection is digitized (oral histories) - generally unrestricted; no scanning allowed; digital camera allowed with applicable copyright restrictions; appointment recommended