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Transcript of CESAR CHAVEZ
About Cesar Chavez
Born: March 31, 1927 in Yuma, Arizona
Died: April 23, 1993 in San Luis, Arizona
Civil Rights Leader
Worker's Right Advocate
The Life of Cesar Chavez
Losing the Family Farm
Braggs- Patton Core 1 Cesar Chavez
Cesar Chavez quit school to work full time in the fields, but in 1994 he joined the U.S. Navy.
He served for two years in Pacific, but racism put him below others while working. So upon discharge he rejoined his family and continued as a farm worker in California.
Chavez's father was a run away slave
Chavez wanted a better life for his family
He bought a large farm where him and his family worked hard on the 100 acre farm
He attended at least 65 schools in his life time.
Cesar Chaves lost the family farm during the Great Depression, a time period America was in poverty.
Cesar was 10 years old at the time.
His family had to find other work to survive.
At one point the family had to leave Arizona to find work and they left everything behind.
Chavez was very lucky to be able to attend school because during this time many children did not go to school.
After school Cesar Chavez had to work in the fields with his family so that they could survive and make money.
Cesar wanted higher wages and safety for him and his fellow migrant workers. He spoke for his fellow workers because they were afraid that they would lose thier jobs in the fields if they asked for more money.
During Chavez's time spent in the fields, he met a women Hispanic lady by the name of Helen Fabela
She fully supported Cesar Chavez's way of thinking about migrant working conditions.
They both got married in 1948.
They soon had 8 children together.
Cesar Chavez's Impact on Migrant Workers
Cesar and his wife taught Hispanic migrant workers how to read and write so that they had a chance to become United States citizens by taking a test about America.
This gave migrant workers the chance to become free and have rights.
Organizing a farm Union
Strike- to stop working in order to force an employee to meet a demanding request
Boycott- refusing to buy a product to show dissapproval of something.
While On Strike
On strike, workers were beaten and even thrown in jail because they did not follow orders
Union members fasted and marched many miles to demands known to the citizens
When the strikers boycotted grapes, the grape growers lost millions of dollars
Soon, lawmakers supported the farm worker union struggle
The strikers got what they wanted and laws changed and the working conditions improved.
Cesar Chavez organized a farm union that held a 5 year strike and grape boycott because of unfair treatment of migrant workers.
Death of Cesar Chavez
He died in 1993 in Arizona, near his family owned farm.
Over 40,000 that were influenced by this amazing man attended his funeral to pay their respect.
Who is Cesar Chavez similar to?
Cesar Chavez can be compared to Martin Luther King because they both fought for the rights of certain people
They both were peaceful protesters.
Here is a deeper explanation of the life of Cesar Chavez