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Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964

This is an online educational guide including resources and lesson plans that will help you integrate the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibition and program into your curriculum.

Film Activity: Documentary

Time: 57:53

Available through Films on Demand:

Access: Public Library (CML)

Access: Atkins Library

ACTIVITY: Screen in class segments of the film over the course of several weeks. Have students write reflection papers at the end of each screening that builds upon their understanding of the Bracero program from the film and any supplementary readings (secondary and/or primary) week to week.

Digital Archives Activity: Primary Source

Bracero History Archive

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

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