Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS Plática: Alberto García Maldonado

"Abandoning Their Beloved Land: Land, Religion, and Bracero Emigration in Mexico's Rosary Belt"

Tue, April 10, 2018 | Gordon-White Building Multi-Purpose Room | GWB 2.206 | The University of Texas at Austin

12:00 PM

CMAS Plática: Alberto García Maldonado
CMAS Plática: Alberto García Maldonado

Please join us for a CMAS Plática featuring historian and postdoctoral fellow, Alberto García Maldonado.
 
From 1942 to 1964, the Bracero Program allowed millions of Mexican men to work in the United States as seasonal contract laborers. Approximately half of these guest workers were from the traditionally Catholic states of Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, and Zacatecas. This talk, entitled, "Abandoning Their Beloved Land: Land, Religion, and Bracero Emigration in Mexico's Rosary Belt," will explore how Catholic opposition to revolutionary policies like the agrarian reform influenced demand for bracero contracts and how local officials selected braceros.
 
Alberto García Maldonado, Ph.D. is a historian of Mexico who specializes in Mexico-U.S. migration and twentieth-century political and agrarian structures. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at The University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Historical Studies. He will be joining the faculty at San José State University in fall 2018.

Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS)

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