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Cesar Chavez

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Cesar Chavez From Farm Worker to Union Leader

1927-1993

 

Chavez was born in Arizona, the son of Mexican-American migrant farm laborers. Migrant farm workers travel from farm to farm as different crops are harvested. Often, workers receive low wages and live in camps with very poor living conditions. As a boy, Chavez traveled with his family to different labor camps throughout the Southwest and attended school only occasionally. 

 

After Chavez was in the U.S. Navy for two years during World War II, he returned to work as a farm worker in Arizona and California. at the time, a group called the Community Services Organization (CSO) was helping farm workers organize into an active group to improve their conditions. The CSO taught Chavez how to organize workers so they could obtain better wages and living conditions from the farm owners. In 1958, he became the general director of the CSO.

 

In 1962, Chavez resigned from from the CSO and started an organization which would more directly benefit farm workers, the National Farn Workers Association (NFWA). In 1965, he led California grape pickers on a strike that lasted five years and initiated a nationwide boycott of grapes which ended in the signing of agreements with the grape growers. Chavez also effectively organized farm workers against lettuce growers and other agribusinesses, who were forced to make agreements with the United Farm Workers (UFW), the new name for Chavez's organization. UFW contracts featured higher wages and better living conditions for farm workers. However, in the 1970's and 1980's, the UFW's effectiveness declined until the union represented only ten percent of California's grape pickers. After Chavez died in 1993, he was commemorated with a Presidential Medal of Honor in 1994 by President Clinton.


 

Learning from His Character

1. How was Chavez's childhood difficult?

2. How did Chavez turn his experiences around to help others?

3. What are some difficulties you can turn around for yourself and others?

 

Please paste your comment about why you think Cesar Chavez is a person of character below!  

 

Comments (21)

Jacob L. said

at 9:22 am on Dec 1, 2011

They had to travel from farm to fram to search for work and the wages were low.
He became general director of the CSO.
Send more information how on notes for events.

Derek. E said

at 9:24 am on Dec 1, 2011

1. He had to move around to different homes for work.
2. He joind Cso, then made NFWA, then UFW, and started a riget for there rights.
3. I could change they amount of homework teachers give kids to help out.

dustin said

at 9:24 am on Dec 1, 2011

1 because he was the son of a immigrant.
2 because he made a group of grape growers to form a boy cot.
3 i dont know right at this time.

kelvin g said

at 9:26 am on Dec 1, 2011

1.his family was poor and he had to travel from farm to farm living in a camp.
2.he started the nfwa and lead them on a strick. and he got a medal of honor
3. i can stop playing so many video games and help people get more active.

Autumn L. said

at 9:26 am on Dec 1, 2011

Cesar had to travel from farm to farm to search for work and someplace where wages were low
Cesar was the general director of the CSO
Take notes and make sure I know everything is right.

Bailey M. said

at 9:27 am on Dec 1, 2011

1. He travled a lot with his family and didn't have good living conditions.
2. He joined the CSO and helped farmers get better wages and living conditions.
3. I could help my mom out around the house.

Natalie F. said

at 9:27 am on Dec 1, 2011

1. He had to travel with his family to different farms so that they could work.
2. He joined the CSO and became the general director, and made many organizations.
3. Start opening myself to new things.

Kiley J. said

at 9:28 am on Dec 1, 2011

1. As a kid he had to move and travel around a lot because his they were Mexican- American migrant farmers.
2. He joined the CSO and helped farm workers to improve their condition.
3. I could help people who need shelter and food, and feel good about it.

Mikayla A. said

at 9:28 am on Dec 1, 2011

1. He had to travel a lot to different home and find work.
2.He joined CSO and became the general director.
3. I could help others out when they need it.

Kimberly R. said

at 9:29 am on Dec 1, 2011

#1- He traveled from farm to farm, and he also attended school very little.
#2-He became a general director of the CSO, so he could have better wages and living conditions.
#3- Tell them what they should do better, so people will enjoy being with them!

Natalie M. said

at 9:29 am on Dec 1, 2011

1) He traveled from farm to farm to work.
2) He became apart of many organizations to help people.
3) I could be more helpful..

Johnny W. said

at 9:31 am on Dec 1, 2011

1. His childhood was difficult because he had to travel around places and work, yet there were very poor living conditions.
2. He joined the CSO and became the general director, and then he made people give better living conditions to the workers.
3. I can help people to stay active and not sit around all day.

Rebecca M. said

at 9:34 am on Dec 1, 2011

1. They moved all the time to find different jobs, and were poor.
2. He was a part of the CSO to improve farmers condition. He was always trying to make the efficiency of workers better.
3. I can Be helpful to everyone, and inform people on when the next events are occurring.

Jared K. said

at 10:15 am on Dec 1, 2011

1. He had to travel a lot
2. He joined a group that helped raise wages.
3. I could help people

Ean P said

at 10:16 am on Dec 1, 2011

1. He was a poor farmer who had to move from place to place.
2. He became part of the CSO to help people in bad conditions.
3. To help people out when they need help.

Mitchell W said

at 11:41 am on Dec 1, 2011

Cesar made an organization and he also helped all of the grap pickers go on a strike to help them get a better benefit. He then got them agreements to get a better benefit.He also helped farm growers against lettuce growers and other agribusiness, who were forced to make agreements.

Isaiah.R said

at 12:15 pm on Dec 1, 2011

1. He had to different farms a lot
2. he joined the CSO
3. i dont no

Leanne L. said

at 12:34 pm on Dec 1, 2011

1. He had to travel a lot and his family was poor.
2. He joined the CSO and helped out farmers.
3. I could do more chores instead of doing nothing all day.

Madison M. said

at 12:37 pm on Dec 1, 2011

1. His family was very poor growing up and had to move around a lot.
2. He joined the CSO to help others.
3. I can be more helpful to others.

Brian H. said

at 2:56 pm on Dec 1, 2011

I think that he was a person of character, because he went out oh his way to teach others about improving their conditions. Also he started with little and moved a lot which would make it even harder to do.

Audrey.C. said

at 6:42 pm on Dec 4, 2011

1. He had to move a lot, because his family was poor.
2. He joined a group that helps farmer.
3. I could help people in need of things.

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