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Mexican "Bracero", Blythe, California

Dates: 1962

Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company

This colored slide shows a Mexican "Bracero" holding a head of lettuce in the fields near Blythe, California. The "bracero" was a farm laborer from Mexico contracted on a temporary basis during World War II, between the Mexican and the United States governments to assist with the labor shortage in the United States. After the war the "Bracero Program", as it was commonly referred to, continued among the two countries until formally ending in 1964.

Mexican "Bracero", Blythe, California