Cesar Chavez: Hero Of The Civil Rights Movement

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Cesar Chaves once said, “There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence” (ufw.org). In the beginning, and through out his life, Chavez believed that non-violence was more powerful than violence. People have learned that the cause could be won with a willingness to sacrifice, and working together. Cesar Chavez is famous for his nonviolent, but also successful strikes. For that, he was a hero of the Civil Rights Movement.
Born on March 31, 1927, Cesar Chaves was named after his grandfather, Cesario, near Yuma, Arizona. At the young age of ten, he started working in the fields, but soon had to move off the farm to California because of the depression in 1937. He worked for ten years with his immigrant parents, experiencing, “Wretched migrant
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He also brought to people’s attention the struggles of farm workers, such as safer working conditions, and better pay. Chavez once led a 340-mile march, in 1966, to have laws passed by the state government saying that farm workers can organize a union. Again in the 1980’s, thousands of farmworkers signed contracts for healthy coverage, higher wages, and regular payment benefits. This changed farm workers way of life. He created better lives for farm workers by devoting himself to workers in America. Chavez improved pay rates, and working conditions. Sadly, on April 23, 1993 Cesar Chavez died in his sleep. About 50,000 mourners came to honor him at his first public fast in 1968. When he passed away, he was working on helping the UFW defend the union against a lawsuit.
Cesar Chavez had a great impact on America because he made the dream of those who yearned a better life come true. He changed fieldwork by having higher wages, family health protection, and overall just a better life. “Cesar Chaves left our world better that he found it, and his legacy inspires us still,” said the President

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