Chavez and the Farm Workers

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This book includes the work of many people. To list them all would be impossible, but there are a special few whom I feel most indebted to. The first of these is my wife, Dorothy, who read and read again and argued and discussed the work and, in the end, took time to type the manuscript.This was a family effort; my three kids copy read and sorted pages and answered phones and contributed far more than they will ever know.

Obviously this book could not have been written without the cooperation of Cesar Chavez, the membership and staff of the United Farm Workers of America.They took time out from their important work to talk about La Causa and to show me the workings of the movement.Although getting appointments with Chavez was often a frustrating experience, once the interview started he was warm, candid, and helpful.

I would also like to acknowledge the farmers who agreed to interviews even though they were angered by my newspaper reporting and suspicious of my sympathies. While they cussed and fumed at me, in the end they explained their positions and I hope I accurately reflect their views.

One of my primary sources was the record laid down by the various newspapers reporting the farm labor struggles in California, Arizona, and Florida.Without the tiny Pixley Enterprise my knowledge of the 1933 cotton strikes would be incomplete; without the big Los Angeles Times many puzzling pieces of the conflict would have gone unnoticed;

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  • Chavez and the Farm Workers *
  • Contents *
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Chapter One - : the Farm Workers 1
  • Chapter Two - : the Union 13
  • Chapter Three - : A Bloody Past 36
  • Chapter Four - : Chavez 57
  • Chapter Five - : Early Organizing 75
  • Chapter Six - : La Causa 106
  • Chapter Seven - : Delano Grape Strike 129
  • Chapter Eight : Power Struggle 156
  • Chapter Nine : First Successes 180
  • Chapter Ten : the Fast 208
  • Chapter Eleven : the Teamsters Again 249
  • Chapter Twelve : Agribusiness Conspiracy 284
  • Suggested Reading 333
  • Index 335
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