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Group Portrait of Braceros, 2

Group Portrait of Braceros
An informal snapshot portrait of about 15 braceros assembled on the platform of what may be the Oakland station of the Southern Pacific. A locomotive and one car appear in the front of what looks like the station, on the right; tracks and scattered figures are on the left. A light pole is behind the workers on the left. The workers wear laborers' clothing, including hats, and appear to be delighted to have their picture taken. They were part of a group of immigrant workers brought from Mexico to work in the Oakland area for the railroad during World War II. Because of labor shortages, many American industries received government permission to bring foreign nationals into the U.S., particularly from Mexico. Many stayed, as evidenced by the person, Jose Cruz, who gave this photograph to the Oakland Museum. Such images are unusual and hard to find. Informal group portraits are common, but this one is unusual because it shows iimmigrant workers and conveys an almost happy-go-lucky air.
Source Oakland Museum of California, image 2000.35.5
Coverage Spatial, Oakland, California; Temporal, 1944.
Rights Oakland Museum of California
Date Created 1944
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Extent Not available
Depicted Occupation
Collection Oakland Museum of California Collection
Institution
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