By Erasmo Gamboa

ISBN-10: 0295998326

ISBN-13: 9780295998329

Desperate for employees to maintain the trains relocating in the course of global warfare II, the U.S. and Mexican governments created a now usually forgotten bracero railroad application that despatched one hundred thousand Mexican staff around the border to construct and preserve railroad strains through the usa, fairly the West. even if either governments promised the employees sufficient dwelling preparations and reasonable operating stipulations, so much bracero railroaders lived in squalor, labored harmful jobs, and have been topic to harsh racial discrimination.

Making issues worse, the governments held a percent of the employees� gains in a rate reductions and retirement application that supposedly may look forward to the boys on their go back to Mexico. notwithstanding, rampant corruption inside either the railroad businesses and the Mexican banks intended that the majority staff have been not able to gather what was once rightfully theirs.

Historian Erasmo Gamboa recounts the tricky stipulations, systemic racism, and decades-long quest for justice those males confronted. the result's a pathbreaking exam that deepens our knowing of Mexican American, immigration, and exertions histories within the twentieth-century U.S. West.

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