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Mexican workers, Pajaro Valley, California, 1960s

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Mexican workers, Pajaro Valley, California, 1960s
Ana Ventura photograph, Shades of Watsonville Archives/Watsonville Public Library

IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


Delivering the Goods: Watsonville, California, 1895
Delivering the Goods: Watsonville, California, 1895 — Working the Fields

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Bracero worker holding a hoe


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Bracero workers
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
This photograph shows some of the last Mexican workers to come to the region under the Bracero program.
Physical Description
photograph
Details
Date Made:
about 1960
Locations:
California
History

Mexican farm laborers had always worked in Watsonville's fields, but they became an increasingly important source of labor after the 1920s. In 1942, the federally sponsored Bracero program encouraged Mexican nationals to work in the United States on a temporary basis. By the time the program ended in 1964, Mexicans had become the dominant source of farm labor in the Watsonville region.


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