"Chávez and the UFW"
Introduction As you learned in this chapter, César Chávez organized the United Farm Workers (UFW), a union whose members are primarily Hispanic American, to provide better working conditions for farm workers. His mission was to restore dignity to not just the migrant farm worker, but to all Hispanic Americans. Chávez stated, "How could we progress as a people . . . while the farm workers—men and women of our color—were condemned to a life without pride?" Through strikes, boycotts, marches, arrests, and prison, he worked to organize farm workers and to make the Hispanic American voice heard. For his dedication, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom—America's highest civilian honor.
Sample web sites:
United Farm Workers -- http://www.ufw.org/_page.php?menu=research&inc=history/07.html
L.A. Public Library -- http://www.colapublib.org/chavez/
Farm Worker Movement -- http://www.farmworkermovement.org/
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ConclusionUnions have had a long history in the United States. But they have not always been successful. Their power has come and gone through the years. Consider the many factors that affect whether or not union organizers are successful.
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