Forum offers view on Mexican labor migration to the U.S.

A comparison between the “Bracero” movement — the World War II−era contract system that…

Georgia (Mar 24, 2008) — Forum offers view on Mexican labor migration to the U.S.

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KSU forum offers view on Mexican labor migration to the U.S.

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (March 24‚ 2008) — A comparison between the “Bracero” movement — the World War II−era contract system that brought millions of Mexican workers to the U.S. — and the Bush administration’s proposed guest worker program will be among topics discussed at a Kennesaw State University forum next month.

Noted scholar Gilbert G. Gonzalez‚ author of “Guest Workers or Colonized Labor?: Mexican Labor Migration to the United States‚” will offer reflections on a century of Mexican migration at the Thursday‚ April 3 session. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. in KSU’s Social Sciences building‚ Room 1019.

On Friday‚ April 4‚ Gonzalez will document U.S. labor history amid Mexican labor migration‚ emphasizing the Bracero Program‚ in which more than 4 million Mexican farm laborers came to work in American fields during World War II to ease agricultural labor shortages. That session begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Social Sciences building‚ Room 2028.

Both sessions are free and open to the public. Those attending the Friday session may also reserve lunch at

Sponsoring the talks are KSU’s Shaw Chair of Business and Economic History‚ American Studies Program and the A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research.

A professor of social science and director of the University of California−Irvine’s Labor Studies Program‚ Gonzalez’s published works also include: “Culture of Empire: American Writers‚ Mexico‚ and Mexican Immigrants‚ 1880−1930” and “Chicano Education During the Era of Segregation.”


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