The Bracero Archive-Learning From Documents

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Worksheets, Lessons & Activities, Primary Sources, Worksheets
Date Posted: 9/12/2009

In this activity, one of three on the Bracero Archive website, students will examine two public laws and other primary resources related to the Bracero worker program and apply their knowledge to evaluate whether the program was carried out as intended.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is part of a consortium of museums, universities, and cultural institutions documenting and preserving the history of the bracero program, a little-known chapter of American history in which an estimated two million Mexican men came to the United States between 1942-1964 on short-term labor contracts.