The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

A Biography

Author: Miriam Pawel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1608197107

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

View: 2978

A searching portrait of an iconic figure long shrouded in myth by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of an acclaimed history of Chavez's movement.

The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

A Biography

Author: Miriam Pawel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781608197132

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

View: 2735

Offers a nuanced account of the life of the migrant worker whose ground-breaking work as an organizer and labor leader made him a national icon, looking at both the achievements and flaws that defined the man.

The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

A Biography

Author: Miriam Pawel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 160819714X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

View: 4629

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist Winner of the California Book Award A searching portrait of an iconic figure long shrouded in myth by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of an acclaimed history of Chavez's movement. Cesar Chavez founded a labor union, launched a movement, and inspired a generation. He rose from migrant worker to national icon, becoming one of the great charismatic leaders of the 20th century. Two decades after his death, Chavez remains the most significant Latino leader in US history. Yet his life story has been told only in hagiography-until now. In the first comprehensive biography of Chavez, Miriam Pawel offers a searching yet empathetic portrayal. Chavez emerges here as a visionary figure with tragic flaws; a brilliant strategist who sometimes stumbled; and a canny, streetwise organizer whose pragmatism was often at odds with his elusive, soaring dreams. He was an experimental thinker with eclectic passions-an avid, self-educated historian and a disciple of Gandhian non-violent protest. Drawing on thousands of documents and scores of interviews, this superbly written life deepens our understanding of one of Chavez's most salient qualities: his profound humanity. Pawel traces Chavez's remarkable career as he conceived strategies that empowered the poor and vanquished California's powerful agriculture industry, and his later shift from inspirational leadership to a cult of personality, with tragic consequences for the union he had built. The Crusades of Cesar Chavez reveals how this most unlikely American hero ignited one of the great social movements of our time.

The Union of Their Dreams

Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement

Author: Miriam Pawel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1608190994

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 4380

Named one of the Best Books of 2009 by the San Francisco Chronicle A Los Angeles Times Notable Book

The Browns of California

The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation

Author: Miriam Pawel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1632867354

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 558

"Miriam Pawel's fascinating book . . . illuminates the sea change in the nation's politics in the last half of the 20th century."--New York Times Book Review A Los Angeles Times Bestseller Publishers Weekly Top Ten History Books for Fall A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist's panoramic history of California and its impact on the nation, from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley--told through the lens of the family dynasty that led the state for nearly a quarter century. Even in the land of reinvention, the story is exceptional: Pat Brown, the beloved father who presided over California during an era of unmatched expansion; Jerry Brown, the cerebral son who became the youngest governor in modern times--and then returned three decades later as the oldest. In The Browns of California, journalist and scholar Miriam Pawel weaves a narrative history that spans four generations, from August Schuckman, the Prussian immigrant who crossed the Plains in 1852 and settled on a northern California ranch, to his great-grandson Jerry Brown, who reclaimed the family homestead one hundred forty years later. Through the prism of their lives, we gain an essential understanding of California and an appreciation of its importance. The magisterial story is enhanced by dozens of striking photos, many published for the first time. This book gives new insights to those steeped in California history, offers a corrective for those who confuse stereotypes and legend for fact, and opens new vistas for readers familiar with only the sketchiest outlines of a place habitually viewed from afar with a mix of envy and awe, disdain, and fascination.

Cesar Chavez

A Biography

Author: Roger Bruns

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313334528

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 141

View: 2628

Traces the life and accomplishments of the founder of the United Farm Workers of America, Cesar Chavez, discussing his nonviolent fight for migrant farm workers.

Sal Si Puedes (Escape If You Can)

Cesar Chavez and the New American Revolution

Author: Peter Matthiessen,Marc Grossman

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520282507

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 363

View: 1092

Documents the three years the author spent working with Cesar Chavez, as well as their travels to Sal Si Puedes where Chavez began his organizing, and considers the legacy of Chavez's life and message.

Chasing the Harvest

Migrant Workers in California Agriculture

Author: Gabriel Thompson

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1786632209

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 1722

Lives from an invisible community—the migrant farmworkers of the United States The Grapes of Wrath brought national attention to the condition of California’s migrant farmworkers in the 1930s. Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers’ grape and lettuce boycotts captured the imagination of the United States in the 1960s and ’70s. Yet today, the stories of the more than 800,000 men, women, and children working in California’s fields—one third of the nation’s agricultural work force—are rarely heard, despite the persistence of wage theft, dangerous working conditions, and uncertain futures. This book of oral histories makes the reality of farm work visible in accounts of hardship, bravery, solidarity, and creativity in California’s fields, as real people struggle to win new opportunities for future generations. Among the narrators: Maricruz, a single mother fired from a packing plant after filing a sexual assault complaint against her supervisor. Roberto, a vineyard laborer in the scorching Coachella Valley who became an advocate for more humane working conditions after his teenage son almost died of heatstroke. Oscar, an elementary school teacher in Salinas who wants to free his students from a life in the fields, the fate that once awaited him as a child.

A Dolores Huerta Reader

Author: Mario T. García

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826345134

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 350

View: 1254

This is the first book to focus on the life of labor and social justice advocate Dolores Huerta through her own writings, articles about her, and a recent interview with editor Mario Garcia.

The Political Spirituality of Cesar Chavez

Crossing Religious Borders

Author: Luis D. Leon

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520959485

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 7626

The Political Spirituality of Cesar Chavez: Crossing Religious Borders maps and challenges many of the mythologies that surround the late iconic labor leader. Focusing on Chavez's own writings, León argues that La Causa can be fruitfully understood as a quasi-religious movement based on Chavez’s charismatic leadership, which he modeled after Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi. Chavez recognized that spiritual prophecy, or political spirituality, was the key to disrupting centuries-old dehumanizing narratives that conflated religion with race. Chavez’s body became emblematic for Chicano identity and enfleshed a living revolution. While there is much debate and truth-seeking around how he is remembered, through investigating the leader’s construction of his own public memory, the author probes the meaning of the discrepancies. By refocusing Chavez's life and beliefs into three broad movements—mythology, prophecy, and religion—León brings us a moral and spiritual agent to match the political leader.

The Fight in the Fields

Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement

Author: Susan Ferriss,Ricardo Sandoval,Diana Hembree

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156005982

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 333

View: 8366

Examines the fight of the United Farm Workers Union

Cesar Chavez

Autobiography of La Causa

Author: Jacques E. Levy

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452913544

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 592

View: 2799

Mexican-American civil rights and labor activist Cesar Chavez (1927–1993) comes to life in this vivid portrait of the charismatic and influential fighter who boycotted supermarkets and took on corporations, the government, and the powerful Teamsters Union. Jacques E. Levy gained unprecedented access to Chavez and the United Farm Workers in writing this account of one of the most successful labor movements in history-which also serves as a guidebook for social and political change.

From the Jaws of Victory

The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement

Author: Matthew Garcia

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520283856

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 2497

From the Jaws of Victory:The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement is the most comprehensive history ever written on the meteoric rise and precipitous decline of the United Farm Workers, the most successful farm labor union in United States history. Based on little-known sources and one-of-a-kind oral histories with many veterans of the farm worker movement, this book revises much of what we know about the UFW. Matt Garcia’s gripping account of the expansion of the union’s grape boycott reveals how the boycott, which UFW leader Cesar Chavez initially resisted, became the defining feature of the movement and drove the growers to sign labor contracts in 1970. Garcia vividly relates how, as the union expanded and the boycott spread across the United States, Canada, and Europe, Chavez found it more difficult to organize workers and fend off rival unions. Ultimately, the union was a victim of its own success and Chavez’s growing instability. From the Jaws of Victory delves deeply into Chavez’s attitudes and beliefs, and how they changed over time. Garcia also presents in-depth studies of other leaders in the UFW, including Gilbert Padilla, Marshall Ganz, Dolores Huerta, and Jerry Cohen. He introduces figures such as the co-coordinator of the boycott, Jerry Brown; the undisputed leader of the international boycott, Elaine Elinson; and Harry Kubo, the Japanese American farmer who led a successful campaign against the UFW in the mid-1970s.

Robert Kennedy and His Times

Author: Arthur M. Schlesinger

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544080076

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 1088

View: 8405

“An absorbing and vividly written study of a gallant and tragic man.”—Boston Globe Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., chronicles the short life of the Kennedy family’s second presidential hopeful in “a story that leaves the reader aching for what cannot be recaptured” (Miami Herald). Schlesinger’s account vividly recalls the forces that shaped Robert Kennedy, from his position as the third son of a powerful Irish Catholic political clan to his concern for issues of social justice in the turbulent 1960s. Robert Kennedy and His Times is “a picture of a deeply compassionate man hiding his vulnerability, drawn to the underdogs and the unfortunates in society by his life experiences and sufferings” (Los Angeles Times). This Fortieth Anniversary Edition contains not only Schlesinger’s illuminating and inspiring portrait of Robert Kennedy, but a new introduction by Michael Beschloss, in which the acclaimed best-selling author and historian discusses the book’s initial reception, Schlesinger’s thoughts on it, and expounds on why Robert Kennedy is still such an important figure today. “An inspiring account of what it was like to be at Robert Kennedy’s side and why he and many like him felt that vision and virtue walked with them.”—Business Week

Documents of the Chicano Movement

Author: Roger Bruns

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440854505

Category: Social Science

Page: 187

View: 4918

This book provides a variety of original source documents—from first-hand accounts to media responses to legislative texts—regarding the Chicano movement of the 1960s through 1970s that enable readers to better comprehend the key events, individuals, and developments of La Causa: Chicanos uniting to free themselves of liberation from exploitation, oppression, and racism. • Provides readers with original source documents that trace the origins and accomplishments of the Chicano movement—a national effort of a minority group to gain civil rights, to strive for political and social advancement, and to establish and take pride in their unique cultural identity • Presents compelling insights into how numerous Chicano individuals during the turbulent era of the 1960s–1970s were inspired to stand up and fight against the social, cultural, and legal injustices suffered by Latinos in the United States for generations • Offers historical documentation of how political activism and organization can not only challenge entrenched interests but sometimes succeed

A Picture Book of Cesar Chavez

Author: David A. Adler,Michael S. Adler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781306862080

Category: Labor leaders

Page: 34

View: 2909

Presents a portrait of the personal life and career as a labor leader of Cesar Chavez, who helped to organize the mostly Mexican American migrant farm workers and led the struggle for social justice of the United Farm Workers.

America's Social Arsonist

Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century

Author: Gabriel Thompson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520280830

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

View: 5383

"A good organizer is a social arsonist who goes around setting people on fire."—Fred Ross Raised by conservative parents who hoped he would “stay with his own kind,” Fred Ross instead became one of the most influential community organizers in American history. His activism began alongside Dust Bowl migrants, where he managed the same labor camp that inspired John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. During World War II, Ross worked for the release of interned Japanese Americans, and after the war, he dedicated his life to building the political power of Latinos across California. Labor organizing in this country was forever changed when Ross knocked on the door of a young Cesar Chavez and encouraged him to become an organizer. Until now there has been no biography of Fred Ross, a man who believed a good organizer was supposed to fade into the crowd as others stepped forward. In America’s Social Arsonist, Gabriel Thompson provides a full picture of this complicated and driven man, recovering a forgotten chapter of American history and providing vital lessons for organizers today.

Standing Their Ground

Small Farmers in North Carolina Since the Civil War

Author: Adrienne Monteith Petty

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199938520

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 7508

This book explores a local iteration of a profound human experience: the transformation of agriculture. Focusing on small farm owners in North Carolina, it argues that they resisted changes to farming that did not square with their agrarian ideology. However, the antidemocratic character of the Jim Crow South weakened their resistance.

The Gospel of César Chávez

My Faith in Action

Author: Mario T. Garcia

Publisher: Sheed & Ward

ISBN: 1461635438

Category: History

Page: 140

View: 452

Once asked to explain how he had sustained himself over so many years of struggle, César Chávez responded: "I don't think I could base my will to struggle on cold economics or some political doctrine. For me, the base must be faith." In evaluating the life and struggles of César Chávez, one of the most recognized Latino leaders in the United States and the first labor leader to successfully organize and unionize U.S. farm workers, many historians, journalists, and other writers have largely missed one significant factor of his life—his faith and deep spirituality. The Gospel of César Chávez uses the prolific leader's own words to express his profound faith and the way it shaped his life and leadership.