Title

Michoacán to Oregon: The Migration Patterns Following the Bracero Program

Authors

Martin Salinas

Date

5-31-2018 2:00 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 2:15 PM

Location

WUC Columbia Room

Session Chair

Kimberly Jensen

Session Title

History Department Senior Capstone Presentations

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

John Rector, Patricia Goldsworth-Bishop

Abstract

With the United States joining of WWII in 1941, many men who had previously worked in the agricultural sector left for the war. The agricultural labor demand quickly became apparent across the United States and specifically in the West Coast. By 1942, the United States and Mexico created an intergovernmental program known as The Mexican Farm Labor Program or the Bracero Program. The Bracero Program allowed a large scale temporary migration of Mexican’s to the United States to work in the agricultural sector. This presentation examines the Bracero Program and the decades after in a south western state in Mexico called Michoacán and looks at the unique historical migration patterns that links Michoacán to Oregon. Letters and first-hand accounts of Michoacán migrants who lived and currently live in Oregon are an important component that will be observed in understanding the complicated migration patterns from Michoacán to Oregon. With the current issues in politics involving Mexican deportation, this presentation will give an explanation of Oregon’s current demographics regarding Mexicans and migration of Michoacán to Oregon.

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May 31st, 2:00 PM May 31st, 2:15 PM

Michoacán to Oregon: The Migration Patterns Following the Bracero Program

WUC Columbia Room

With the United States joining of WWII in 1941, many men who had previously worked in the agricultural sector left for the war. The agricultural labor demand quickly became apparent across the United States and specifically in the West Coast. By 1942, the United States and Mexico created an intergovernmental program known as The Mexican Farm Labor Program or the Bracero Program. The Bracero Program allowed a large scale temporary migration of Mexican’s to the United States to work in the agricultural sector. This presentation examines the Bracero Program and the decades after in a south western state in Mexico called Michoacán and looks at the unique historical migration patterns that links Michoacán to Oregon. Letters and first-hand accounts of Michoacán migrants who lived and currently live in Oregon are an important component that will be observed in understanding the complicated migration patterns from Michoacán to Oregon. With the current issues in politics involving Mexican deportation, this presentation will give an explanation of Oregon’s current demographics regarding Mexicans and migration of Michoacán to Oregon.