Event Title

Study of Migrant Workers

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Barbara Lopez-Mayhew

Abstract

The way that media and literature have portrayed migrant workers in the United States has resulted in an image characterized by negative traits such as laziness, poverty, and criminality across our country. The purpose of this research is to present real life stories of migrant workers and compare them to what the media and literature have portrayed in the past and present during waves of migration to the United States. Our research will entail interviewing current migrant workers and their employers in Contoocook, NH, reading various media and literature sources for stories of migrants, and researching public policies such as the Bracero Program and Operation Bootstrap. The image of migrant workers is important and should be better portrayed because migrant workers can be found throughout the country and they form a vital part of our economic system. Learning how their image has evolved in media and literature is crucial to understanding who they are. With this project we aspire to learn how migrant workers reach the US and their hiring process. We also wish to educate our audience on the history and importance of migrant workers and how they have been and continue to be depicted in literature and media.

Location

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Start Date

5-2-2019 2:00 PM

End Date

5-2-2019 3:00 PM

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May 2nd, 2:00 PM May 2nd, 3:00 PM

Study of Migrant Workers

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

The way that media and literature have portrayed migrant workers in the United States has resulted in an image characterized by negative traits such as laziness, poverty, and criminality across our country. The purpose of this research is to present real life stories of migrant workers and compare them to what the media and literature have portrayed in the past and present during waves of migration to the United States. Our research will entail interviewing current migrant workers and their employers in Contoocook, NH, reading various media and literature sources for stories of migrants, and researching public policies such as the Bracero Program and Operation Bootstrap. The image of migrant workers is important and should be better portrayed because migrant workers can be found throughout the country and they form a vital part of our economic system. Learning how their image has evolved in media and literature is crucial to understanding who they are. With this project we aspire to learn how migrant workers reach the US and their hiring process. We also wish to educate our audience on the history and importance of migrant workers and how they have been and continue to be depicted in literature and media.