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Title The Bracero Program in West Texas, 1951-1964
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University/Publisher Texas Tech University
Abstract The Bracero Program has continually captured the research interests of historians. Academics have evaluated the legislative proceedings and the questionable inner structures of Public Law 78 as well as the programs most exploitative aspects. More recent trends have considered the braceros as historical actors as well as themes of identity formation, and gender and class within the program. Most of these works however are nationally based studies with few providing information on specific regions and states. Therefore this thesis will combine two under-researched areas within the Bracero Program by examining PL 78’s effect in the construction of the identity of several West Texas community members and on the braceros themselves. The goal of the thesis is to demonstrate that the braceros and the community participants co-existed and that the construction of their own identities was in direct relation to their perception of the ‘other.’The first chapter evaluates the complex paternalistic and racist attitudes of regional associations and local farmers towards braceros and the program. The second chapter demonstrates the culturally connected but often hostile perspective of Mexican American people towards the braceros and the program and how class influenced attitudes. The third chapter analyzes the experiences of braceros laboring in the South Plains and Trans Pecos areas both in terms of the attitudes and treatment they experienced and felt, and in terms of their own assessment of the experience.
Subjects/Keywords Mexican Americans; Braceros; Bracero Program
Contributors Iber, Jorge (Committee Chair); Miller, Catherine (Committee Chair)
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Rights Unrestricted.
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Record ID handle:2346/20492
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Date Indexed 2020-04-11

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…Texas Tech University, Valerie A. Martinez, May 2009 ABSTRACT The Bracero Program has continually captured the research interests of historians. Academics have evaluated the legislative proceedings and the questionable inner structures of Public…

…based studies with few providing information on specific regions and states. Therefore this thesis will combine two under-researched areas within the Bracero Program by examining PL 78‟s effect in the construction of the identity of several West Texas…

…and felt, and in terms of their own assessment of the experience. v Texas Tech University, Valerie A. Martinez, May 2009 CHAPTER I THE BRACERO PROGRAM IN WEST TEXAS, 1951-1964 The word “bracero” derives from the Spanish word brazo, which translates…

…contracted in twenty-four states across the nation from 1942-1964; over a million of these men would be contracted in Texas alone during the 1950s and 1960s.2 However most studies of the Bracero Program have had a national focus; only a few state and regional…

…1 Kitty Calavita, Inside the State: The Bracero Program, Immigration, and the I.N.S. (New York: Routledge, Chapman and Hall, Inc., 1992),1. 2 Texas was unable to contract braceros legally until 1947 because of the existing discrimination…

…conducting an oral history project called The Bracero History Archive, which has collected several hundred interviews, several of which are utilized in this thesis.8 At the end of the sessions, the majority of the interviewees noted how the program helped…

…histories conducted by the university in the project are thus important when chronicling the entirety of the bracero experience, from the gruesomeness of the program to the benefits derived from working with the program as well as life for the former bracero

…2001), 33. The previous 3 Texas Tech University, Valerie A. Martinez, May 2009 evaluating the Bracero Program as demonstrated by the current publications on braceros and Public Law 78. The vast literature that chronicles various aspects of the…

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