César Chávez: A Sampler of Library Books
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César Chávez was a Mexican American leader who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. His tireless efforts helped farm workers receive better wages and safety conditions. In 2010, President Obama proclaimed March 31st as César Chávez Day to honor the legacy of Chávez's work. Click on the e-book links or visit the SRJC Libraries to explore these books and more.
This book reveals the history of a remarkable man and his movement, a significant piece of our nation's experience during a particularly unsettled time, a record of what mattered most and why to La Causa (the cause) of Chávez and farm workers, and a wealth of detail attending the history, goals, challenges, successes, and defeats for farm workers specifically and Mexican Americans in general—in all, nothing less than a portrait of what is best about humanity. But The Words of César Chávez contributes more than history, undeniably valuable though it is. Here too is the story of Chávez as an extraordinarily effective and skilled communicator. His consistent use of some themes, arguments, evidence, appeals, strategies, and techniques is obvious, as is his adaptation of substantive ideas and rhetorical qualities to particular audiences and occasions.
E-book. Student ID and PIN required for off-campus access.
In September 1965, Filipino and Mexican American farm workers went on strike against grape growers in and around Delano, California. More than a labor dispute, the strike became a movement for social justice that helped redefine Latino and American politics. The strike also catapulted its leader, César Chávez, into prominence as one of the most celebrated American political figures of the twentieth century. More than forty years after its original publication, Delano: The Story of the California Grape Strike, based on compelling first-hand reportage and interviews, retains both its freshness and its urgency in illuminating a moment of unusually significant social ferment.
Mahoney Library Call Number: HD5325.A29 D8 2008
When the Chavez family lost its farm in Arizona in 1938 during the Depression, they moved to California and became migrant workers. Cesar was outraged by the exploitation, racism, and brutality that migrant farmworkers were forced to endure. His strong religious convictions, a dedication to nonviolent change, and a skill at organizing led to the establishment of the United Farmworkers (UFW) union. "La Causa," as it was called by supporters, became an important movement for self-determination in the lives of California's Mexican American and Filipino farmworkers. The successful nationwide grape and lettuce boycotts and public support exposed the injustices of California agribusiness and resulted in the first collective bargaining agreements and union hiring halls for migrant workers. Authored by two journalists who covered Chavez and the farmworkers, this companion volume to a PBS documentary traces Chavez's life and the events and people that helped shape it.
Mahoney Library Call Number: HD6509.C68 F47 1998
Illuminating the dark side of economic globalization, this book gives an insider's view of the migrant farmworkers' binational circuit that stretches from the west central Mexico countryside to central California. Over the course of ten years, the author conducted a series of intimate interviews with farmworkers and their families along the migrant circuit. She deftly weaves their voices together with up-to-date research to portray a world hidden from most Americans--a world of inescapable poverty that has worsened considerably since NAFTA was implemented in 1994.
Doyle Library Call Number: HD1527.C2 L67 2007
César Chávez has long been heralded for his personal practice of nonviolent resistance in struggles against social, racial, and labor injustices.The author provides an analysis of what Chávez called "the common sense of nonviolence." By engaging Chávez in dialogue with a variety of political theorists and philosophers, he demonstrates how Chávez developed distinct ideas about nonviolent theory that are timely for dealing with today's social and political issues, including racism, sexism, immigration, globalization, and political violence.
Mahoney Library Call Number: HD6509.C48 O76 2008
From Florida to Washington, from California to Maine, farmworkers handpick nearly every vegetable and piece of fruit that lands on our dinner tables. Few of them are protected by the labor laws common to every other American worker. Their pay is often stolen by the people who employ them. In the most extreme cases, their employers have been convicted of actually enslaving them. By letting them tell their stories in their own words and based on over 300 interviews conducted throughout the U.S., With These Hands gives us the voices of the men and women who take our food from the ground. In addition, farmers, farm labor contractors, union organizers, government investigators, "coyotes," and many others talk about their roles in the world of the migrant farmworker. No one story, no single truth, can adequately express the farmworker's world; With These Hands presents its complexity in vivid and human language.
Doyle & Mahoney Library Call Number: HD1525 .R67 1998
Describes the efforts in the 1960s of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta to organize migrant workers in California into a union which became the United Farm Workers. Presents a crisp, clear accounting of the founding of the National Farm Workers Association in the 1960s. Brief biographical sketches of Chavez and Dolores Huerta tell of their meeting and deciding to work together to organize a union to help their fellow workers. The book ends as a first grape boycott and NFWA strike are settled.
Doyle Library Call Number: HD6515.A292 U544 1993
Finding fresh fruits and vegetables is as easy as going to the grocery store for most Americans--which makes it all too easy to forget that our food is cultivated, harvested, and packaged by farmworkers who labor for less pay, fewer benefits, and under more dangerous conditions than workers in almost any other sector of the U.S. economy. Seeking to end the public's ignorance and improve workers' living and working conditions, this book addresses the major factors that affect farmworkers' lives while offering practical strategies for action on farmworker issues. The contributors to this book are all farmworker advocates--student and community activists and farmworkers themselves.
E-book. Student ID and PIN required for off-campus access.