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Windows in Time: “The Fruits of their Labors: the Bracero Program in Southern Oregon”

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Local historian Lina Cordia presents the November, 2017 Windows in Time Lecture: “The Fruits of their Labors: the Bracero Program in Southern Oregon,” on Wednesday, November 1 at the Medford Branch Library, 205 South Central Avenue, and Wednesday, November 8, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard, from 12pm – 1:00[, at both locations.

Learn about the history of the Bracero Program, a series of bi-national agreements between the US and Mexican governments that contracted Mexican laborers to work primarily in American agriculture from 1942 to 1964. Lina will discuss Jackson County as a case study, and expand on limited existing historical works that treat the Bracero Program in the Pacific Northwest. Racial and ethnic tensions as well as labor and class dynamics played a large role right here locally in how the program played out. 

Lina Cordia has her M.A. in History from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and currently works at both Jackson County Library Services and Southern Oregon University. Her specialization is the 19th and 20th century American West, with special emphasis on a social/cultural perspective that views race, ethnicity, social class, and gender as key components through which to view history.

The monthly Windows in Time lectures are offered at no cost to the public and are jointly-sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and Jackson County Library Services. For more information please contact Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-8679 or visit jcls.org.

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