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Huerta worked alongside Cesar Chavez to establish the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA). "Although Chavez was the face of the union, Huerta was the union's hands and heart." Fearless and passionate, it is said that she "never backed down." Although her mother divorced when Dolores was three, she kept in touch with her father, who later was elected to New Mexico's House of Representatives. Inspired by Gandhi, Huerta and Chavez agreed that NFWA would use nonviolent confrontation. In 1965, they organized a strike for the rose growers of California. Then they turned to the California grape growers. This strike went on for five years. In 1966, a walk of about 300 miles to Sacramento, the state capitol, was organized. It began with seventy marchers but ended with 10,000 people. This led the U.S. Senate to hold hearings on the plight of the farm worker. After the march NFWA became part of the AFL-CIO. Throughout Huerta's activism, two failed marriages, and eleven children who helped her in her work, Dolores never gave up trying to make the world a better place. Sidebars and photographs with captions add interest. A time line of her life and corresponding world events, capsules of facts, lists of further resources, a glossary, chapter notes, bibliography, and an index are included. This book is part of the "Signature Lives" series of Modern America. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman