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National Museum of American History's Latino Resources


Latino stories from American History
History of the Bracero* Program, 1942-1964

The bracero program consisted of a series of bi-lateral agreements between Mexico and the United States between 1942 and 1964, enabling millions of Mexican men to come to the United States to work on short-term labor contracts. Credited by some as saving American agriculture and by others as being exploitative, the bracero program without question affected the business of farming, immigration patterns, organized labor, and even United States’ and Mexican culture. During the twenty-two year life of the bracero program, more than 4.5 million Mexican nationals were legally contracted for work in the United States (some individuals returned several times on different contracts), making it the largest and most significant contract labor program in the 20th century in the United States... More


National Museum of Natural History's Latino Resources

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The Interpretation and Representation of Latino Cultures: Research and Museums National Conference at the Smithsonian Institution brings together scholars of Latino Studies, archivists, and museum professionals to the Smithsonian to examine the current status of the research and educational literature on the interpretation, representation, and documentation of Latino cultures in museums and academic programs within the United States and Puerto Rico.
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"Bienvenidos! Este sitio esta basado en la conferencia nacional ofrecida por la institución Smithsonian el pasado Noviembre, 2002 titulada "La Interpretación y Representación de Culturas discusiones que se llevaron a cabo durante la conferencia asi como fuentes de informacion sobre el tema".


This conference was made possible thanks to the financial support provided by the Rockefeller Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, and the IUPLR.

The conference website has received support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the SmithsonianLatino Center.