In the early 1900s, Mexicans migrated to Nebraska in large numbers for many reasons. Some left Mexico to escape the Mexican Revolution. Some came here to better their economic condition. Nebraska offered work in the beet fields, a fast-growing industry at that time, and on the railroads. But even though Nebraska needed them, these workers and their families were often victims of discrimination. Vietnam veteran Marty Ramirez and World War II veteran Nick Garcia discuss why Mexican Americans were 'Chosen First' for the draft.
War affects governments and groups of people on such a large scale that it can be overwhelming. However, each event is experienced one person at a time, and each person has an individual story to tell. This series of videos, 'The War: Nebraska Stories,' continues the saga of World War II through very personal interviews with Nebraskans who lived through that war.