Cesar Estrada Chavez had a dream for his people. He hoped to form a union for farmworkers, a union that would be more than a collection of laborers, but a community, or una causa. Until his death in 1993, Cesar Chavez worked to build such a community, or union, of farmworkers. A national union, the United Farm Workers, was his lasting contribution. Popular Carolrhoda author David R. Collins tellingly presents the life of this labor leader, political activist, and farmworker's friend.
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For years the migrant worker slaved in the fields, making pennies for picking barrels and bushels of crops. Bodies became weary too early, backs became hunched, and death stole many of workers long before their lives were totally lived. Cesar Chavez was born into such a life, but he was not one to remain satisfied. The only road out of the migrant worker's plight was through organization. Strength came in numbers, and Chavez sought to make changes. Although this book was aimed at younger readers, the writing is smooth and flowing, the facts neatly woven into a dramatic narrative. Author Collins manages to trace Chavez's contributions through the years, sharing confrontation with rich farmers, and doing whatever seemed necessary to gain support. Bobby Kennedy and Dorothy Day were but two staunch followers among many who helped Chavez, Although poor and lacking formal education, Chavez is an example of what spirit and determination can accomplish. Black and white photos embellish the quality text. The volume is a solid addition to any school library for reports as well as well private collections for inspiration and motivation.