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Bracero Railroaders : The Forgotten World War II Story of Mexican Workers in the U.S. West (Hardcover)

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Desperate for laborers to keep the war trains moving during World War II, the U.S. and Mexican governments created a now mostly forgotten bracero railroad program that sent a hundred thousand Mexican workers across the border to build and maintain railroad lines throughout the U.S., particularly the West. Although both governments promised the workers adequate living arrangements and fair working conditions, most lived in squalor, worked dangerous jobs, and were subject to harsh racial discrimination.

Making matters worse, the governments held a percentage of the workers’ earnings in a savings and retirement program that supposedly would await the men on their return to Mexico. However, rampant corruption within both the railroad companies and the Mexican banks meant that most workers were unable to collect what was rightfully theirs.

Historian Erasmo Gamboa recounts the difficult conditions, systemic racism, and decades-long quest for justice these men faced. The result is a pathbreaking examination that deepens our understanding of Mexican American, immigration, and labor histories in the twentieth-century U.S. West.

Number of Pages: 236
Genre: History, Social Science, Transportation
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr
Author: Erasmo Gamboa
Language: English
Street Date: September 6, 2016
TCIN: 50950801
UPC: 9780295998329
Item Number (DPCI): 248-13-0146
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