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Historical Essay

20th-Century Immigration

Learn how economic and social conditions in Wisconsin and elsewhere brought new groups of immigrants to Wisconsin in the 20th century.

Date: 1967 

Description: Teatro Campesino acto or skit dramatizing the experiences of Hispanic workers in America. Four actors stand together in costume with signs around their nec...

Date: 1966 

Description: Close-up portrait of a migrant farm worker listening to speeches at an Oberos Unidos (United Workers) pre-march rally at Waushara Courthouse. The march was...

Date: 1970 

Description: Chicano migrant farm workers being transported to a field on a cold Texas winter morning on the back of a truck. This photograph is a part of Wisconsin-...

Date: 1966 

Description: A crowd of migrant workers listening to speakers at an Obreros Unidos (United Workers) rally in front of the Wautoma Courthouse. The rally's purpose is to...

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Description: Jesus Avila of Ballet Folklorico in broad-brimmed hat and suit with side-seam decoration on the trousers claps and dances with children in a gymnasium, pro...

Date: 1967 

Description: Obreros Unidos (United Workers) migrant farm worker union members at a Bancroft baseball game. Children sit on top of the dugout to watch. Adult men are st...

Date: 1968 

Description: At the center of the photograph, in hat, is Manuel Salas. One is Father Michael Garrigan, dressed in black. Chuck Miller is shown at left, and Father Mich...

Date: 1966 

Description: A group of National Farm Workers Association members and supporters applauding rally speakers in front of Waushara County Courthouse. A march to the rally...

Date: 1970 

Description: Migrant farm workers harvesting tomatoes in the Rio Grande Valley.

Obreros Unidos (United Workers) grew in Wisconsin during the 1960s and had deep roots...

Date: 1966-08-15 

Description: A woman and man, members of Obreros Unidos, (United Workers) sit crossed legged on a roadside of Highway 21 eating lunch. They are resting from a march to...

Date: 1967 

Description: Cesar Chavez, the leader of United Farm Workers, is standing at the center of the photograph surrounded by members of the press. Behind him is a photograph...

Date: 1967 

Description: Migrant farm workers testify at the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) hearing after a strike in Bancroft. Seated on the left is Obreros Unid...

Date: 1966 

Description: Marchers of Obreros Unidos (United Workers) leaving Wautoma and walking towards Madison along Highway 21 to petition lawmakers to hold farms and food indus...

Photographer David Giffey Captures Details of Migrant Worker Life

Learn about migrant worker life in Wisconsin and Texas captured by Wisconsin-born photojournalist David Giffey.

Date: 1966 

Description: Jesus Salas, in a white shirt and standing in front of the microphone with his arm raised, addresses a rally at the top of the steps in front of Waushara C...

Date: 1966 

Description: Obreros Unidos (United Workers) leaders, members and supporters at an Industrial Commission Hearing at Waushara County Courthouse. On the right, standing w...

Date: 1966 

Description: An Obreros Unidos (United Workers) member holding a sign, possibly like those in the background, that says "Juntarnos Para Ser Reconocidos/Hablar Para Ser...

Date: 1966 

Description: A series of images from a contact sheet containing scenes of Obreros Unidos (United Workers) leaving Wautoma and marching towards Madison along Highway 21...

Date: 1967 

Description: On the right, Jesus Salas, leader of Obreros Unidos (United Workers), Wisconsin's migrant farm worker union. On the left, John Schmitt, president of the AF...

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