The Bracero Program: A History of the U.S.-Mexico Guest Worker Program, 1942–1964

Bracero pre-selection identification of Juan Loza, the author's uncle

Bracero pre-selection identification of Juan Loza, the author's uncle

Oral history interview in Janitizio Michoacan Mexico

Oral history interview in Janitizio (Michoacan, Mexico)

Mireya Loza with a panel of the bracero exhibit, "Bittersweet Harvest."

The author with a panel of the National Museum of American History Bracero exhibit, "Bittersweet Harvest"

Principal Investigator: Mireya Loza, Assistant Professor of Latino/a Studies and History

Grant Program: Summer Stipends

Year: 2013

"While in graduate school, I worked with the National Museum of American History on the Bracero History Project, which focused on preserving the history of the largest guest worker program and US history. The Bracero Program allowed male Mexican workers to enter the US on temporary work contracts from 19421964. With a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, the Bracero History Project developed a large scale transnational collection of oral histories, a digital repository created by the George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media (www.braceroarchive.org) and an exhibition. For this project I travelled throughout the US and Mexico, recording oral histories with people affected by the program and training local communities to document this experience. These oral histories are the cornerstone of my forthcoming book, Brokered Arms, Defiant Workers: Race, Sexuality, and the Political Visions of Braceros, which was supported through an NEH Summer Stipend."

Mireya Loza

An Interview with NEH Grant-Recipient Mireya Loza

Visit the National Museum of American History's Bracero History Project:

http://americanhistory.si.edu/bracero/introduction

A blog post Professor Loza wrote for the NMAH:

http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2009/10/putting-names-with-faces-of-braceros.html

The Past Five Years