Braceros program, 1959

This film explains the need for Mexican migrant workers in California agriculture, including interviews with farmers and workers.

Filmed in the 1950s, it is certainly dry in parts but fascinating for students to watch as part of a class on stereotypes, immigration, foreign labor, economics, and other ideas that are still relevant to discuss today.

It would be interesting to have students compare what might be said by people in California and the US today about immigration and migrant workers.

For more on immigration during the 19th and early 20th centuries check out our Immigration and Urbanization PowerPoint. For more on the 50s check out our 1950s PowerPoint.

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