Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program


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In recognition of the Mexican migrant workers and Mexican-Americans who have played an important role in shaping the agricultural landscape of McHenry County, the Land Conservancy of McHenry County is shedding light on this little-known part of our past: the bracero program.

This historical documentary – made in partnership with the Illinois Migrant Council and the Center for Urban Agriculture at McHenry County College, with support from Food: Land: Opportunity – examines the effort to recruit Mexican farm laborers for temporary work in the United States between 1942-64.

The film presents moving testimony from surviving braceros, as well as family members and descendants of these displaced workers who traveled north with the expectation of fair wages and humane working conditions.

These expectations rarely were met.

After the film, special guest Maggie Rivera, president of the Illinois Migrant Council, will be on hand to share the story of her father, Raul Enriquez, and family members Teodoro Cardoza and Juan Rivera, who came to Illinois as braceros and worked on farms in McHenry County. The free screening runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Luecht Auditorium of McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 6:30pm

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