Faith, Conflict, and Bracero Migration in Mexico’s Greater Bajío
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Between 1942 and 1964, a bilateral initiative known as the Bracero Program allowed Mexican men to work in the United States as seasonal contract farmworkers, or braceros. All told, 4.65 million bracero contracts were distributed during the program’s duration, and a significant plurality of these contracts, at least 44 percent, went to rural workers from the Mexican states of Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, and Zacatecas. These five states were also an epicenter of conservative Catholic resistance to official policies like land redistribution and secular public education. This talk will explore how endemic, community-level conflicts between conservative Catholic and pro-government partisans fueled popular interest in migrating to the U.S. as braceros, influenced the bracero selection process, and shaped a regional migratory tradition that has endured into the early twenty-first century.
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bracero, Greater Bajio, conservative Catholicism, migration
Latin American History | Migration Studies | Political History | Social History
Garcia Maldonado, Alberto, "Faith, Conflict, and Bracero Migration in Mexico’s Greater Bajío" (2022). University Scholar Series. 46.