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Ana Elizabeth Rosas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282667

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282667.001.0001

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Bracero Recruitment in the Mexican Countryside, 1942–1947

Bracero Recruitment in the Mexican Countryside, 1942–1947

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(p.19) Chapter One Bracero Recruitment in the Mexican Countryside, 1942–1947
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Abrazando el Espíritu
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Ana Elizabeth Rosas

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520282667.003.0001

This chapter renders the U.S. and Mexican governments’ investment in using competing conceptualizations of race and racial difference to recruit Mexican immigrant men of varying class backgrounds into the Bracero Program throughout the Mexican countryside. In anticipation of advancing the economic imperatives of local municipal Mexican governments, the Mexican and U.S. governments collaborated with each other to contract braceros who already had or could lend fellow Mexican immigrant men the financial resources to journey and labor in the United States without adequate wages or protections. Using the oral life histories of bracero families, this historical consideration of the influence of race captures the intensity of these families’ disenfranchisement at the hands of these governments and fellow Mexican immigrant men.

Keywords:   Bracero Program, Mexican immigration, Mexican immigrant family separation, guest worker program, guest worker

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