Railroads and Latinos

Dear colleagues. 

I am starting a community-engaged research project on Latino railroad workers on the Midwest. This is a project that we at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Office of Latino/Latin American Studies are doing with/for the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Our objective is to collect between 20 and 25 oral histories with former railroad workers from the Midwest/Great Plains regardless of whether they worked for Union Pacific or not. We have found extraordinarily little bibliography on this topic. Can anyone point us to some resources? 

REPLY: Latinos and railroads

Since you include the Great Plains, it might do to check out connections via the sugar beet industry in Montana's Yellowstone Valley. Mexicano families came to Billings to work in sugar beets but often stayed on in railroad jobs that paid better. Comision Honorifica Mexicana (1920s) later (1960s) Concilio Mexicano both worked to get Mexicanos jobs outside of beets as well as to improve education opportunities around Billings. It is possible that oral histories exist in connection with Billings, the Comision, Concilio, or at one of the university archives, such as MSU.

Re: Railroads and Latinos

In New Mexico, American Latino late teenage to 20's men, trying to earn a cash dowery to get married would ride the railroad to any type of job. The problem was they were all farmers and payment was in crops and spending it was in barter. Amongst the Latino community, there was virtually no exchange of dollars. They called riding the rails: Vamos el Trampe. Usually 2 or 3 best friends would go. We did oral histories in our Agua Fria Village in Santa Fe County but had no actual experiences of them actually riding the rails. Just the indications that people went.

Railroads and Latinos

Dear colleagues. 

I am starting a community-engaged research project on Latino railroad workers on the Midwest. This is a project that we at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Office of Latino/Latin American Studies are doing with/for the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Our objective is to collect between 20 and 25 oral histories with former railroad workers from the Midwest/Great Plains regardless of whether they worked for Union Pacific or not. We have found extraordinarily little bibliography on this topic. Can anyone point us to some resources? 

QUERY: Latinos and railroads

Dear colleagues. 

I am starting a community-engaged research project on Latino railroad workers on the Midwest. This is a project that we at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Office of Latino/Latin American Studies are doing with/for the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Our objective is to collect between 20 and 25 oral histories with former railroad workers from the Midwest/Great Plains regardless of whether they worked for Union Pacific or not. We have found extraordinarily little bibliography on this topic. Can anyone point us to some resources? 

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