The Moral Vision of Cesar Chavez

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The author looks at the public actions and declarations of United Farm Workers leader Chávez as a window into the ethical structures in which Chávez believed. He argues that Chávez was deeply rooted in a liberatory Catholic social gospel and that he incorporated prayer into his public action. His commitment to nonviolence and his affirmation of the universality of human dignity is explored. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Overview

The author looks at the public actions and declarations of United Farm Workers leader Chávez as a window into the ethical structures in which Chávez believed. He argues that Chávez was deeply rooted in a liberatory Catholic social gospel and that he incorporated prayer into his public action. His commitment to nonviolence and his affirmation of the universality of human dignity is explored. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570754586
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 A Vision of Liberation 5
The Story of Cesar Chavez 6
The Life of Cesar Chavez 10
The Setting for the Life and Story of Cesar Chavez 19
A Liberative Moral Vision 26
2 Homespun Religion 29
The Faith of the Grandmothers 32
Liberation from Indignities 37
Prayer and Justice 41
Catholic Social Teaching and La Causa 46
After the Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975 59
In Death as in Life 60
3 Human Dignity 62
Discrimination and Exploitation: Dignity Denied 63
A Union Community of Power and Service 72
La Huelga: Dignity Affirmed 77
Sacrificial Service 82
The Pilgrimage: Penitential March for Justice 85
4 The Virtues of La Causa 91
Faith in Humanity and God 94
Solidarity in Poverty and Simplicity 100
Sacrifice for Justice 106
A Union Community of Character and Action 111
5 The Truth of Nonviolence 117
Impoverishment by Violence 118
The Strike Picket Line 122
Fasting for Penance and Purification 130
The Boycott: Nonviolence for Justice 137
The Truth of Nonviolent Love 142
6 Simple Deeds for Justice 148
A Life of Moral Integrity 151
A Prophetic Christian Way of Life 154
The Moral Vision of Cesar Chavez 163
Notes 171
Select Bibliography 185
Index 197
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