Educational History.

MEXICAN BRACEROS CALIFORNIA

One thing that made me wonder why in the reading  of Huerta it didn’t talk more about the Bracero Act. It gave so small information of how  immigrants were given temporary  visas that they could work in agriculture and as railroad workers. But in my research I wanted to know if this law helped the immigrants and their families. I found out that this law was an agreement with Mexicans to come work in the U.S. only and not participate in military service. The contract was made between the employer and the government of Mexico. Before they could go to the U.S. they had to meet all the physical conditions that was required. It helped the immigrants to be treated fair and not be discriminated by their culture.  They person who hired them gave them a bond where they could cover their expenses that they needed. It helped families  bring their children with them and give them a better education. It provided families to live little better and save some money until they go back to Mexico. It was a law that was established to help the immigrants and so they can live little better. This event was important for my personally is that immigrants did anything they want to provide their children with an education and fought for their rights. It makes me see that no matter what culture one comes from one should get an education and progress in life. I would like this act to be told with more detail in textbooks and that students see that people who immigrated from Mexico made a big change to progress. Students would appreciate more what they have and see that these people worked day and night to provide a good life to their children. I want my students to learn about the history of every culture and not just learn about the U.S. culture. If you are interested in reading more in depth about  this topic you can read the website I found when doing this research: http://www.pbs.org/kpbs/theborder/history/timeline/17.html

4 thoughts on “Educational History.

  1. It’s interesting hearing about the Bracero Act. I have never heard of it before until now. From my knowledge it sounds like one of the first bills to actually give immigrants some protection and make sure they had a certain quality of life.

  2. Adrina, I find it interesting too that we weren’t taught about this either. Or the fact that we aren’t taught about immigration today. Why not? People are still immigrating from all over the world. We are taught about the pilgrams, slaves, wars, immigration in the 1800-1920s and then it kinda stops. I want to know why groups are coming. I want to know more in depth about the cultures that have really started to take precedance in different states and cities. I think it is great that you want to educate your students on all matters of culture. I think it is important to know.

  3. Hmm..to play the skeptic, it seemed like Mexicans were set up. They came to the country to work, but had no hope of citizenship. Why do you think the companies contracted with Mexico? How did the wages of Mexicans participating in the Bracero Act compare with wages of American citizens?

    Take a look here. http://migration.ucdavis.edu/rmn/more.php?id=1112_0_4_0
    You can see that white business owners saw this a cheap source of labor. If Mexican workers complained? Deport them.

    It is an interesting history of relations between Mexico and the US regarding immigration. I just would hope for more.

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