A Magnifying Glass Over The Bracero Program

The Bracero History Archive is a collaboration between several institutions including the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, the National Museum of American History, Brown University, and The Institute of Oral History at the University of Texas at El Paso. In addition, it is also a research project that is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The main goal of the site is to bring awareness to the Bracero Program in the United States that lasted from 1942 through 1962, in which millions of agricultural workers from Mexico came to work in the States due to the war efforts overseas. Through the use of oral histories and artifacts feature on the website, the project hopes to showcase the history of this program and the people who were involved.

The site is very easy to use and access, with the simple click of a button over one of the six main categories, you can begin learning about the history of the Bracero Program or find other resources. The search bar at the top of the home page allows for those with specific inclinations about a certain worker, subject, or document to easily find what they need. Although the project is still in the works, by simply looking at the archive you can find subcatergories that will allow you to read oral histories or browse through personal documents from workers that participated in the Bracero Program. Searching for the workers is very facilitated by the organization of the website. The simple concept over the site fits very well with the content and makes research less tedious. In my opinion, it is a successful project with a lot of potential, due to what they have found so far.

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