One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, and the Dream of Dignity by Steven W. Bender | 9781594514296 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, and the Dream of Dignity

One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, and the Dream of Dignity

by Steven W. Bender
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594514291

ISBN-13: 9781594514296

Pub. Date: 01/28/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Robert Kennedy and Cesar Chavez came from opposite sides of the tracks of race and class that still divide Americans. Both optimists, Kennedy and Chavez shared a common vision of equality. They united in the 1960s to crusade for the rights of migrant farm workers. Farm workers faded from public consciousness following Kennedy's assassination and Chavez's early passing

Overview

Robert Kennedy and Cesar Chavez came from opposite sides of the tracks of race and class that still divide Americans. Both optimists, Kennedy and Chavez shared a common vision of equality. They united in the 1960s to crusade for the rights of migrant farm workers. Farm workers faded from public consciousness following Kennedy's assassination and Chavez's early passing. Yet the work of Kennedy and Chavez continues to reverberate in America today.

Steven Bender chronicles their warm friendship and embraces their bold political vision for making the American dream a reality for all. Although many books discuss Kennedy or Chavez individually, this is the first book to capture their multifaceted relationship and its relevance to mainstream U.S. politics and Latino/a politics today. Bender examines their shared legacy and its continuing influence on political issues including immigration, education, war, poverty, and religion. Mapping a new political path for Mexican Americans and the poor of all backgrounds, this book argues that there is still time to prove Kennedy and Chavez right.

About the Author:
Steven Bender is the James and Ilene Hershner Professor of Law at the University of Oregon School of Law

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594514296
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
790,917
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     ix
Acknowledgments     xii
A Friendship Cut Short
Viva (John) Kennedy     2
Viva la Huelga     8
Cesar's Fast and Deeds of Love     27
Viva (Bobby) Kennedy     36
One Night in America     45
The Dream of Dignity Survives
Aftermath     53
Viva la Causa: Rural Latinos and the Farm Worker Movement     59
Viva la Raza: Urban Latinos and the Chicano Movement     67
Vietnam and Mexican Americans: Patriotism and Protest     77
Latinos and Poverty     82
Immigration: Walls and Wages     102
Lessons from 1968: Latino Politics Today
Latinos and National Politics     127
Mexican Americans and the Catholic Church     144
Mexican Americans and the Civil Rights Movement     156
Looking Ahead: The Future of the Democratic Party and Immigration Reform     164
Conclusion     177
Notes     179
Index     229
About the Author     243

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