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Denny Lecture: The Unwanted But Indispensable Mexican Railroad Workers Of WWII

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Please note: Recordings of Denny Lecture: The Unwanted But Indispensable Mexican Railroad Workers Of WWII are available for replay on SoundCloud and YouTube.

Join Dr. Erasmo C. Gamboa to hear the unpublished stories of the federal Bracero railroad track program.

This often-forgotten program brought Mexican workers to the Pacific Northwest during World War II to work on the railroads by promising jobs, adequate wages, and improved living conditions. To the dismay of the Braceros and their families in Mexico, these promises by the U.S. and Mexican governments, and companies such as the Great Northern, were largely unfulfilled. In Dr. Gamboa’s special presentation of his new research, hear the unique and personal stories of the individuals who helped to keep vital northwest war trains rolling.

Order your copy of Dr. Gamboa’s book, Bracero Railroaders: The Forgotten World War II Story of Mexican Workers in the U.S. West, from the MOHAI Mercantile.

Photo Credit: Erasmo Gamboa

Detailed information on how to participate will be provided via email following your registration. Space is limited, so register soon!

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Cost: Free, with $15 suggested ticket price

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