Cesar Chavez: Crusader for Social Change

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Growing up in a family of migrant farm workers, Cesar Chavez saw the poor working conditions farm laborers faced firsthand. As an adult, Chavez worked to improve the lives of farm workers who often had limited resources and struggled to provide for their families. His life?s work as a civil rights leader helped countless laborers as he led them in peaceful work strikes and boycotts.
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Growing up in a family of migrant farm workers, Cesar Chavez saw the poor working conditions farm laborers faced firsthand. As an adult, Chavez worked to improve the lives of farm workers who often had limited resources and struggled to provide for their families. His life’s work as a civil rights leader helped countless laborers as he led them in peaceful work strikes and boycotts.
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Biographies are one way teachers and librarians can encourage students to look for positive role models, and this series is an excellent place to start. The books, intended for middle school readers, provide solid basic information about a variety of important historical figures. The complete series covers a wide range of time periods, and each subdivision-the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Revolutionary War, the Modern World, Colonial America, Modern America, Ancient Greece, and the Scientific Revolution-includes at least a handful of titles. Cesar Chavez (from Signature Lives: Modern America) profiles the outspoken advocate for Latino migrant farm workers who campaigned tirelessly for a workers' union. Chavez not only had to change the attitudes of land owners and government officials but also the workers. His methods were nonviolent-strikes, boycotts, and extended fasts. As his notoriety increased, many death threats were made against him; however, it did not deter him from the fight. Even into the 1990s, he worked to improve conditions for the migrant workers when he took a stand against the use of pesticides. The books in this series are attractively packaged with many photos, interesting sidebars, and reader-friendly text arrangement. The format from book to book is consistent, which is an important feature in a series. Each opening chapter shows the subject in a pivotal situation in his or her career and establishes a summary focus of the person's life. The second chapter covers the early years and childhood events, and each subsequent chapter takes the reader chronologically through the rest of the subject's life. The overriding theme of each book is how that figurepersevered through many obstacles and made a contribution to the world. Reviewer: Kim Zach
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Brenda Haugen started in the newspaper business and had a career as an award-winning journalist before finding her niche as an author. Since then, she has written more than 50 books and edited hundreds more, most of them for children. A graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Brenda lives in North Dakota with her dog, Alice, who chose Brenda when she went to the Humane Society thinking she was there to adopt another dog.
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