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In 1942, the US and Mexican governments created the Bracero Agreement
, allowing Mexican agricultural workers to come into the United States for a limited time, to provide farm workers while the US was involved in World War II. The program was extended as a series of a series of laws and diplomatic agreements that finally ended in 1964
. Probably the most famous popular memorial to the broad program was a poem by Woodie Guthrie
, "the last great song he would write
," after hearing about a plane crash in Los Gatos, which was reported as a flight full of nameless "deportees."
A decade later, a young school teacher/folk singer named Martin (or Marty) Hoffman put the words to music, and Pete Seeger made the song popular
, with numerous covers performed and recorded since
. 65 years after the crash, those "deportees" were finally named
, and that tombstone for "28 Mexican citizens" replaced with the names of those who died
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 24, 2014 -
No one who's ever seen film footage of Adolf Hitler giving his rousing speeches could have failed to notice the importance of Der Führer’s wildly exaggerated gestures and body language. Well, it turns out Hitler worked very carefully on that aspect of his public persona, very carefully indeed. During his rise to power, Adolf Hitler had his private photographer, Heinrich Hoffman, shoot him while he practiced those gestures, so that his speeches might have the dramatic impact upon his audiences that he sought. Here are the photos.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jul 1, 2014 -