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Smithsonian posters feature Bracero Program

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The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES) is shining a light on the oft forgotten, WWII-era Emergency Farm Worker Program and its place in American history with a series of educational posters.

The bilingual series is aptly entitled, “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964,” and is based on an eponymous exhibition that has been traveling the nation since 2010 (it was hosted locally by Chandler-Gilbert Community College in 2011). The exhibit includes images, oral histories and interviews by Leonard Nadel; they depict the exploitation, as well as the opportunities, that came along with the program. It is estimated that by the mid-1960s, over 4 million Mexican braceros had come to the U.S. as part of this temporary guest-worker program.

This fall, the free posters will be available to schools, museums and libraries across the country. A comprehensive companion website (sites.si.edu/bracero) includes an online exhibition, lesson plans and related materials aligned to state standards for 5th through 12th grades. 

Learn more at sites.si.edu.

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