Local historian Lina Cordia will discuss “The Fruits of their Labors: the Bracero Program in Southern Oregon” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. She will give the same talk at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Medford library.
As part of the Windows in Time series, Cordia's talk will include the history of the Bracero Program, a series of bi-national agreements between the U.S. and Mexican governments that contracted Mexican laborers to work primarily in American agriculture from 1942 to 1964.
She will discuss Jackson County as a case study, and expand on limited existing historical works on the Bracero Program in the Pacific Northwest. Racial and ethnic tensions as well as labor and class dynamics played a large role locally in how the program played out.
Lina Cordia has a master's degree 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 free Windows in Time lectures are jointly-sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and Jackson County Library Services. For more information contact Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-8679 or visit jcls.org.