Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement

Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement

by Miriam Pawel

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Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement by Miriam Pawel

A generation of Americans came of age boycotting grapes, swept up in a movement that vanquished California's most powerful industry and won dignity and contracts for impoverished farm workers. Four decades later, United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez's likeness graces postage stamps, and schools and streets are renamed in his honor.

But the real stories behind la causa-both its historic accomplishments and tragic disintegration-have remained buried. Pulitzer-winning journalist Miriam Pawel has changed our understanding of the UFW forever, crafting a powerful, poignant account of a movement and the people who made it. A tour de force of reporting and a spellbinding narrative, The Union of Their Dreams is a major contribution to the history of labor, civil rights, and immigration in modern America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596914605
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Miriam Pawel is an award-winning reporter and editor who spent twenty-five years working for Newsday and the Los Angeles Times. She was recently an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow and a John Jacobs Fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.

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Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book demonstrates the limits of charismatic leadership.
DrGusFrias More than 1 year ago
Excellent historical narrative on many of the unsung heroes of the United Farmworkers of America (UFW).  Leadership is  not about micromanaging and taking all the credit for the UFW; rather, it involved sharing ownership, responsibility and accountability among its stakeholders.  The author of this book did a great job in expanding knowledge about the UFW and its leaders.  Thank you.
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