SUNY Stony Brook, wishes to thank the archivists and interviewees who enriched the content of this piece; the various readers, including Albert Camarillo, Estelle Freedman, Stephen Pitti, William Deverell, David Torres-Rouff, Beth Lew-Williams, Timothy Tomlinson, Kevin Kim, Julie Prieto, and Josh Howe, who improved its analysis; and graphic/map designer David Hackett.
Lori A. Flores; A Town Full of Dead Mexicans: The Salinas Valley Bracero Tragedy of 1963, the End of the Bracero Program, and the Evolution of California’s Chicano Movement. West Hist Q 2013; 44 (2): 124-143. doi: 10.2307/westhistquar.44.2.0124
In 1963 a horrific accident took the lives of almost three dozen Mexican guest workers, or braceros, in California's Salinas Valley. This article examines the event's effects on various communities in the United States, including policy makers, civil rights activists, and farmworkers, while considering questions of race and labor, tragedy and historical memory, and the evolution of Chicano politics in California.