Bracero railroaders : the forgotten World War II story of Mexican workers in the U.S. West (eBook, 2016) [WorldCat.org]
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Bracero railroaders : the forgotten World War II story of Mexican workers in the U.S. West

Author: Erasmo Gamboa
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : 1st editionView all editions and formats
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Desperate for laborers to keep the 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 United States, particularly the West. Although both governments promised the workers adequate living arrangements and fair working conditions,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Bracero railroaders
Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2016007087
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Erasmo Gamboa
ISBN: 9780295998312 0295998318
OCLC Number: 965135025
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 236 pages)
Contents: Labor and the railroad industry before World War II --
The Great Depression, deportations, and recovery --
We will need the Mexicans back --
Railroad track workers needed; where are the domestic laborers? --
Bracero railroaders, "soldiers of democracy" --
Contractual promises to keep --
The perils of being a bracero --
The deception further exposed --
Split families: repercussions at home and away --
Victory and going home --
Forgotten railroad soldiers --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Forgotten World War II story of Mexican workers in the U.S. West
Responsibility: Erasmo Gamboa.

Abstract:

Desperate for laborers to keep the 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 United States, particularly the West. Although both governments promised the workers adequate living arrangements and fair working conditions, most bracero railroaders 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.

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