Summary Of Cesar Chavez And The Farm Worker Movement

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Book Review

This is my review for the book From the Jaws of Victory, The Triumph and tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement was written by Matt Garcia, a Professor of Latin American, Latino, & Caribbean Studies and History at Dartmouth College. ( He is the author of two other books such as A World of Its Own: Race, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900–1970, and Mapping Latina/o Studies. Also, writer of many articles, including “Cesar Chavez, Flawed Hero of the Fields for the Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2012. Garcia himself has a background of field work, not necessarily himself but his grandparents from both sides. It is possible that this encourage him to be interested on the creation
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Briefly hinting the rise and the decline of the United Farm Workers union, and the movement. Although the movement was created to help farm workers regardless of sex, and sex wage gap of both men and woman, protecting this jobs and protecting the health and safety of the workers and creating benefits for these workers, it also fails to put an end to the eternal struggle to obtain equal rights, this book covers that, but it also covers and analyses the fighting the successes and failures of the same and how he helped the farm workers nationally with the movement, (page 5), including his non-sympathy of the guest worker program, “Bracero”. (page 26). And of course, it is understandable that is was not totally up to the UFW to fix all these issues, it is always about politicians not ending these …show more content…
(OSC). Portraying Chavez as a power hungry and foul-mouther person. (page 30). And exposing the frustrations of all of those involved and who felt that change needed to be done by them forcing the creation of the National Farms Workers Association, (NFWA), in September 1962. (page 31). Failure to protect “Chavistas” from violence perpetrated by enemies, started show his “addiction to boycotts and his own power”. (page 116). Matt Garcia also talks about other UFW leaders, such as Dolores Huerta, Gilbert Padilla, Jerry Cohen and Marshall Ganz. I found this interesting because much is talked about Cesar, but not much of the other leaders. And of course, Jerry Brown, not the future Governor of California, (page 44), and how he helped Elaine Ellison with coordinating boycotts. (page 75). And their participation of the famous march of the summer of 1968. (page 70). Chavez's isolation intensified after Proposition 14, an effort to reform farm labor law, that failed in 1976. His famous willingness to risk everything to achieve his goals, contributed to the UFW's struggled with management and legal oversight instead of its original, successful strategy strikes, consumer boycotts, and

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