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The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement

The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement

Susan Ferriss

Language: English

Pages: 352

ISBN: 0156005980

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A “vivid, well-documented account of the farmworkers movement”(Philadelphia Inquirer) and its prime mover, Cesar Chavez. Edited by Diana Hembree with a foreword by Gary Soto and essays by Carey McWilliams, Victor Villaseñor, Alfredo Véa, Jr., Peter Matthiessen, Rudolfo Anaya, and others. Black-and-white photographs throughout.

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24, 1993, p. A-23. [>] "If we'd stayed there, possibly I would have been a grower": Levy, Cesar Chavez, p. 42. [>] "Some had been born into the migrant stream ... has no freedom": Taylor, Chavez, p. 61. [>] "like a wild duck with its wings clipped": Levy, Cesar Chavez, p. 38. [>] "I bitterly missed the ranch": Taylor, Chavez, p. 61. [>] suspected that his father was suffering more: Levy, Cesar Chavez, p. 48. [>] "He would notice how fertile it was": Ibid., p. 48. [>] "We had never worked

depression years. In 1934, the corporate farm lobby helped bankroll opposition to progressive candidate Upton Sinclair's promising run for governor on an "End Poverty in California" platform. The campaign, aided by the press, was the first to use attack ads and newsreels produced by Hollywood moguls that branded Sinclair a Communist who would usher into California a dangerous brand of "Russianism." Mexicans in California during the depression faced an even worse backlash than Okies and would-be

dog language" to strike back. • Mexican-American and Okie workers honked car horns and blew trumpets to urge destitute cotton pickers to join a strike in Pixley in 1933. Despite the school's punishment of Spanish-speaking students, the Chavez children felt that they were part of the community. Blacks were segregated, but Mexican Americans and whites played and learned together. It was not until the Imperial Dam project on the Colorado River attracted white Southerners to Yuma that racial

him why he was wearing a "monkey suit" since he was so well-mannered. Although Cesar's parents were a bit worried, and the police harassed him and his friends for their pachuco look, "I didn't want to be a square," he later said, fondly remembering his rebellious years. "We had a lot more fun than they did." In 1943, Chavez met his future wife, Helen Fabela, at a Delano malt shop called La Baratita. Just fifteen, Helen was still in high school, but she, too, would soon drop out because her

I could put something together, it was fine with him. And that was all we needed—a chance. We jumped on top of a truck and started performing. Then something great happened. Our work raised the spirits of everybody on the picket line and Cesar saw that. "Cesar was supportive of our work," Valdez said, "until the day he died. He understood what we were all about. 1967 was a turning point. El Teatro went its own way. We moved from Delano to Del Rey and there we established an art center. That

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