Cesar Chavez: A Brief Biography with Documents / Edition 1

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This brief biography of César Chávez documents the life of one of the most important labor organizers of the last half of the 20th century — a reformer and activist who personified the American struggle for democracy. His story is told through an evocative biographical essay accompanied by several types of documents: Chávez in his own words, Chávez in the words of his contemporaries, Chávez as seen by historians in a group of secondary sources, and finally a visual portfolio of 20 photographs and cartoons. The secondary sources focus on critical questions about the labor unions he helped to found and the impact he made on the Chicano population as well as the rest of the world. All of these materials are accompanied by a helpful chronology, bibliographic essay, and questions for consideration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312257392
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 3/8/2002
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 138
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard W. Etulain was professor of history and director of the Center for the American West at the University of New Mexico from 1979 to 2001. He is now a full-time researcher and writer residing in Portland, Oregon, specializing in the history and literature of the American West. He has written or edited forty books, including The American West: A Twentieth-Century History (1989, coauthored with Michael P. Malone); Re-Imagining the Modern American West (1996); Researching Western History (1997, coedited with Gerald D. Nash); Telling Western Stories (1999); The Hollywood West (2001, coedited with Glenda Riley); and New Mexico Lives: A Biographical History (editor, 2002). He is also editor of Does the Frontier Experience Make America Exceptional? ( Bedford/St. Martin's, 1999). He has served as president of both the Western Literature and Western History associations.
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Table of Contents



PART ONE. César Chávez: Chicano Citizen

The Early Years

Becoming an Organizer

National Labor Leader

César Chávez: The Man

César Chávez: Chicano Citizen

PART TWO. A Life and Its Times

César Chávez, The Organizer’s Tale, July 1966

César Chávez. The Mexican American and the Church, 1968

Helen Chávez, Helen Chávez Recalls, 1975

The Reverend James Drake, The Reverend James Drake Recalls, 1975

Dolores Huerta, Dolores Huerta Recalls, 1975

Jacques Levy, From Jacques Levy’s Notebook, 1975

Studs Terkel, César Chávez, 1970

Jack King, Chávez and the UFW: A View from the California Farm Bureau, 1979

Allan Grant, California Farm Bureau President Recalls, 1975

PART THREE. An Illustrated Life

César Chávez and His Times in Photographs

PART FOUR. A Life and Its Interpreters

Fred Ross, Fred Ross Recalls, 1975

Martin Luther King Jr., Telegram, September 22, 1966

Richard Griswold del Castillo, The Birth of La Causa, 1995

Margaret Rose, César Chávez and Dolores Huerta: Partners in "La Causa," 2001

Frank Bardacke, César’s Ghost: Decline and Fall of the UFW, 1993

Peter Matthiessen, César Chávez, 1993

PART FIVE. Seeing a Life Whole

A César Chávez Chronology: 1927-1993

Making Connections

Research Opportunities

PART SIX. Sources for a Life: Selected Bibliography

César Chávez: The Man and His Circle

César Chávez and the Chicano Movement

César Chávez: Chicano Citizen


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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2006

    Wow thats something

    I personaly enjoyed readin the Cesar Chavez book. It was very enlitghening. I learned much about the way he was and how he was treated.

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