“The Forgotten Intermediaries: State Governments and the Bracero Program During the 1940s” Workshop by Alberto García Maldonado, IHS Fellow, UT Austin, and University of California, Berkeley

After an initial attempt to centralize the distribution of bracero contracts in Mexico City failed, Mexican federal authorities delegated that responsibility to state governments.  State officials then distributed contracts as they saw fit with minimal interference from their federal counterparts, a surprise given traditional interpretations that Mexico's federal government was the dominant political force in the country after 1940.  This paper explores how state governments distributed contracts and selected the workers who would migrate to the United States during the 1940s.  It pays special attention to 1947, a year when only a handful of states -- Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, and Querétaro -- were allowed to send braceros to the United States.

Alberto García Maldonado received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016.  His work examines the Bracero Program, a guest worker initiative that allowed Mexican men to work in the United States as seasonal contract laborers between 1942 and 1964.  Alberto has been a recipient of UC Berkeley's Chancellor's Fellowship, Mentored Research Award, and Connect Fellowship, as well as the UC MEXUS Dissertation Research Grant.  He has presented his work at the Rocky Mountain Council of Latin American Studies, the Latin American Studies Association, and the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás Hidalgo. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017-2018.

Matthew Butler
Associate Professor of History and Latin American Studies
The University of Texas at Austin

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email cmeador@austin.utexas.edu by 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 10.


Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies; Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies; and Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 12:00pm

Garrison Hall (GAR), 4.100
128 INNER CAMPUS DR , Austin, Texas 78705

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