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Spanish for Farmers

Braceros traveled to a country where they did not know the language or the customs. In order to help them understand their new surroundings, local committees prepared Spanish-English phrasebooks such as the one pictured below. This handbook instructs braceros to walk on the left side of the street, not to stand in the back of the trucks, and to be careful with cigarettes around gasoline. The words and phrases the authors found necessary to include are instructive of the kinds of dangers and work braceros encountered.


Source | Samuel R. Skaggs and Amelia Montes Skaggs, Manual práctico de Inglés para los braceros (Spanish for farmers), Las Cruces (New Mexico) Citizen, c. 1953, courtesy the Southwest Collection of the New Mexico State Library.
Creator | Samuel R. Skaggs and Amelia Montes Skaggs
Item Type | Pamphlet/Petition
Cite This document | Samuel R. Skaggs and Amelia Montes Skaggs, “Spanish for Farmers,” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed May 27, 2019, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1367.

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