August 11, 2009

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History opens "Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964".

Between 1942 and 1964, the Bracero Program -- the largest guest-worker program in U.S. history -- brought an estimated 2 million Mexicans into the United States on short-term labor contracts. Through photographs, oral histories and objects, the exhibition examines the experiences of bracero workers and their families while providing insight into Mexican American history and historical context to debates on guest-worker programs.

"Bittersweet Harvest" will remain on display at the museum through Jan. 3, 2010 before embarking on its nationwide tour through the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

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