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From South Texas To the Nation: The Exploitation of Mexican Labor in the Twentieth Century

John Weber

Abstract

In the early years of the twentieth century, newcomer farmers and migrant Mexicans forged a new world in South Texas. In just a decade, this vast region, previously considered too isolated and desolate for large-scale agriculture, became one of the United States' most lucrative farming regions and one of its worst places to work. By encouraging mass migration from Mexico, paying low wages, selectively enforcing immigration restrictions, toppling older political arrangements, and periodically immobilizing the workforce, growers created a system of labor controls unique in its levels of exploita ... More

Keywords: South Texas, San Antonio, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Migration, Migrant (Migratory) Labor, Agribusiness, Labor Relations, US-Mexico Border, Immigration Restriction, Bracero Program

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469625232
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625232.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Weber, author