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A Town Full of Dead Mexicans: The Salinas Valley Bracero Tragedy of 1963, the End of the Bracero Program, and the Evolution of California’s Chicano Movement

Lori A. Flores
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/westhistquar.44.2.0124 124-143 First published online: 1 May 2013


In 1963 a horrific accident took the lives of almost three dozen Mexican guest workers, or braceros, in California's Salinas Valley. This article examines the event's effects on various communities in the United States, including policy makers, civil rights activists, and farmworkers, while considering questions of race and labor, tragedy and historical memory, and the evolution of Chicano politics in California.

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