Bracero Program


(Original Caption) 6/29/1963- It may not be the most elegant dining "hall" in the world, but it's airy and there's good light. They eat by the side of the road, feasting on stew, noodles, beans and tortillas. This scene- and others showing "braceros" at work in the field -may soon be part of the past. The "bracero" program will not be extended beyond December 31, 1963.

For parts of the 20th century, the U.S. and Mexico had agreements in place allowing, and even encouraging, Mexican nationals to enter the U.S. to perform agricultural work and other labor in the American Southwest.

Migrant workers eat by the side of the road in the early 1960s, toward the end of the Bracero Program. (Photo by © National Archives/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Topics in this Podcast: 20th century, immigration, labor, Agriculture, American Southwest, subtweeting the election, wwii, World War II, Mexican history, Hispanic and Latino history