"Corrido of the Uprooted Ones"
Between 1942 and 1964, 4.6 million Mexicans came to the United States to perform the much needed but incredibly difficult "stoop work" of planting, tending, and harvesting crops. These men, called braceros, were initially invited by the United States government during World War II, when higher-paying industrial factory jobs lured away existing agricultural workers. Life for braceros was hard owing to the backbreaking labor they performed, the distance from loved ones, and the prejudices they encountered. Braceros often sang of their troubles in corridos, traditional Mexican folk songs.