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Dolores Huerta & Cesar E. Chavez
Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW), a union dedicated to protecting the rights of farm workers. "The agricultural community where they lived was made up of Mexican, Filipino, African-American, Japanese and Chinese working families." (Dolores Huerta Foundation). It was a struggle that lasted many years. Mahatma Gandhi's nonviolent method was used as inspiration and as a guide to fight for their rights as workers. The movement also included many women and young children and it was necessary to create a safe space for them.
Please use this newsletter as a souce of information to learn more about Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta: Early Days
Introduction to the Farm Worker Movement
- Why did the Bracero Program make it difficult to organize farm workers into a union?
- What was the strategy that Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta chose to overcome the history of violence associated with past efforts to organize farm workers?
- What were some of the symbols of the farm worker movement? What concepts did they represent?
- Contrast the leadership styles of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez.
- How did Cesar Chavez differ from many of the Latino community leaders that came before him? How did his leadership help dispel stereotypes or assumptions some Latinos held about themselves?
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