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Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 4:14 pm

The story of Mexican braceros is seldom told in history books, but an exhibit at Chandler-Gilbert Community College aims to make their contributions to America's prosperity better known.

On display through April 30 at the CGCC library, "Bittersweet Harvest - The Bracero Program 1942-1964," is a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit that chronicles the Mexican nationals brought to the U.S. by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to counter labor shortages after World War II.

In a news release, CGCC librarian Larry Miller said the college felt it was important to bring the exhibit to the East Valley because it's a story that hasn't been told. The braceros program allowed for the legal immigration of hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom settled in the Phoenix area.

"The exhibit shows their contributions during a very difficult time in U.S. history," Miller said.

The exhibit is free. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The library is located at 2626 E. Pecos Road.

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