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In this oral history Alvaro Hernández describes how he entered the United States, first as an illegal worker and then as a bracero. Mr. Hernández was born in Jilemes, Chihuahua, Mexico. His father was an agricultural worker and his [...]
Despite rumors that braceros would be sent off to fight in World War II, Manuel Sandoval Espino joined the bracero program in 1943. He recalls having to go to the local politician in order to get a pass to join. Mr. Sandoval worked in Kansas as a [...]
Although he had received a rare scholarship to attend middle school, Andrés Héctor Quezada Lara dropped out to become a bracero. His work took him to many places in the United States, including South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, [...]
Having heard about successful braceros, Salvador Esparza Carreño decided to enlist in the bracero program in 1945. He worked as a railroad worker, in the fields cutting asparagus, and as a camp cook. He describes his work and leisure time in [...]
Use this graphic organizer to help students chart how people's attitudes towards the federal government changed because of the New Deal. This worksheet is part of the activity "A "Great Cause for Better Citizens"? Attitudes towards the New Deal."
This short presentation includes background information about FDR's "Tree Army," a link to a video about young men in the CCC, and instructions for the activity outlined in "FDR's Tree Army: Personal Turning Points in the CCC."
This presentation outlines the goals of the Bracero Program, the people who joined, and the results of the program during World War II. It also includes instructions for the corrido-writing activity outlined in "Nos creemos Americanos: Braceros in [...]
This worksheet helps students analyze three primary sources as part of the activity "African American Workers: Conflict on the Homefront."
This viewing guide and associated activities will help students analyze propaganda images of women workers during World War II and compare them with the real experiences of women. The instructions for using the film and viewing guide can be found [...]
One of the most enduring images of the Depression is a portrait of a woman and her children in a California migrant labor camp. Taken by FSA photographer Dorothea Lange, it was the last of a series of six photographs that Lange shot on a rainy [...]