Rural Farmworkers

During WWII, migrant workers from Mexico began coming to Wisconsin  under the Bracero Program, which sought to fill the labor shortage caused by the war. These laborers filled positions in farms and factories across the state, and quickly became integral to the its signature agricultural industy. 


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Today, Latinx immigrant  farmworkers, many of them undocumented,  make up the backbone of the billion dollar dairy industry in Wisconsin


This collection of oral histories, conducted from 2020 to 2021, sought to understand the experiences of these essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are available on the Western WI COVID-19 Archive as well. 



Due to the fact that this is a rapid response project and our top priority is to make these interviews public as soon as possible, some of the following transcripts are not available in English. We are currently working on getting English versions available.