FILMS: Films on Demand digital collection and the NC Live Video Collection
RESEARCH: ProQuest Research Library
Online exhibit telling the little-known chapter of American history in which labor shortages caused by World War II, led to an estimated two million Mexican men being recruited on short-term labor contracts to work on U.S. farms and railroads. This agreement became known as the bracero program. Presented in English and Spanish, the experiences of these men are brought to life through photographs and quotes from oral history interviews.
Collection of oral histories, photos, and objects documenting the history of the Bracero program, a little-known chapter of American history in which an estimated two million Mexican men came to the United States between 1942 and 1964 on short-term labor contracts. Browse more than 600 oral histories and numerous objects, use social bookmarking tools to share resources, add notes, make a poster using items from the archive, and contribute to the archive by adding personal stories about the Bracero program. Targets grades 6-12.
*UNC Charlotte instructors can also reference the Atkins Library Online Resources tab
Harvest of Dignity is a original documentary created in 2011 by SAF, the Farmworker Advocacy Network, and Minnow Media. It focuses on the lives and work of farmworkers in North Carolina, providing an in-depth portrait of the people who harvest our food today.
You can also explore other short films by Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF). SAF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to bring students and farmworkers together to learn about each other’s lives, share resources and skills, improve conditions for farmworkers, and build diverse coalitions working for social change.
Mexican Immigration and Public Health
Molina, Natalia. "Borders, Laborers, and Racialized Medicalization: Mexican Immigration and US Public Health Practices in the 20th Century." American Journal of Public Health 101, no. 6 (2011): 1024-31.
Access: Public Library
Access: Atkins Library
Films included in Films on Demand that you can assign your students to watch in class or as part of an assignment.
Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program (2010)
Shedding light on the current debate over immigration reform and the use of “guest workers” in American agriculture...
A Walled America (2006)
Using voices from both sides of the illegal immigration debate, this documentary examines the prevalence of vigilante groups that patrol the U.S. border and looks at the rising power of anti-immigration lobbyists.
Mexican Migrant Farm Laborers Immigrate to the United States ca. 1950
Short clips (1:17) of Mexican migrant farm laborers from the WPA Film Library.
Movers & Company: Fighting for Farmworkers (2013)
Despite miracles of agricultural progress and innovation over the decades, the harsh lives and working conditions of migrant laborers have changed very little...
El Contrato: The Contract (2003)
Mexican citizens working in the United States and Canada can face difficult conditions, even when they are employed legally...
The San Miguel Gate and Issues in US Immigration Policy: Dan Rathers Reports on Immigration (2013)