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The Bracero Program (1942), designed to remedy a US labor shortage during WWII, allowed Mexican men to come to the US to work in the agriculture industry. The program guaranteed workers protections, including a minimum wage, insurance, and safe, free housing. But farm owners frequently failed to live up to these requirements. Housing and food were typically substandard, and wages were not only low but also frequently paid late or not at all.

  • Bracero History Archive. The “Teaching” section of the Bracero History Archive offers background information about the Bracero Program, which temporarily allowed Mexican workers into the US. The site also contains lesson ideas that include the use of photographs, maps and atlases, and primary source documents.