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.











News, Aug. 21, 1988. [>] Firms like Abatti and SunHarvest used the ploy: Los Angeles Times, Dec. 16, 1983; Monterey County Herald, Dec. 13, 1987; Ferriss, The Golden Cage: A Story of California's Farm Workers, film documentary. [>] In one celebrated 1983 case, however: Los Angeles Times, Oct. 18, 1983. [>] A medical team, which included: Int. Marion Moses, April 23, 1996; Int. Pablo Romero, Oct. 25, 1996. [>] "It was scary": Int. Marion Moses, April 23, 1996. [>] "What are you doing here?":

proud voters. "Fred Ross was a real gentleman," says Beatriz Bedoya, who became his assistant in 1952 when she was a young Chicana newlywed in the San Francisco Bay community of Decoto, now Union City. Bedoya, today in her seventies, lives in the same neighborhood where she walked precincts with Ross. "He had this way of making you feel like the organizing work was the most important thing you could be doing. I liked that and became really involved. I thank my late husband for being so

flourished, loaning out more than $5.5 million to farmworker families by the mid-1980s. FOR THE NEXT two years, members dropped in and out of the new association, but it struggled along. Delano's clannish grower community was starting to realize that something was afoot. They weren't the only ones. Around this time, one of Cesar's daughters rushed into the house, crying, after she'd gotten into a fight with a boy up the street. "Your mother and your father are running an illegal house," the

students, the South was the first place they saw police as brutal aggressors rather than trusted protectors. • Dolores Huerta, three of her children, Julio Hernandez, and Rev. Jim Drake singing "De Colores" at a 1966 meeting of the National Farm Workers Association. The first SNCC organizers to come to Delano arrived about a month into the strike, offering short-wave radios and help with nonviolent organizing. One of the volunteers was Marshall Ganz, a student who'd grown up in

physical confrontations on picket lines. Chavez's fear that violence would soon overtake the movement was compounded by what was happening outside of Delano; on a swing through the Southwest in early 1968, he met Chicano dissidents who had lost faith in nonviolence. The war in Vietnam was claiming thousands of lives, including a disproportionate number of Chicanos and blacks. Antiwar demonstrations were met with tear gas and clubs, and many activists wanted to fight back. Taking its cue from the

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