By Jacques E. Levy, Fred Ross Jr.
“[An] exceedingly attention-grabbing and intimate oral background . . . opposed to a historical past of inns and all-night cafs and moves, the excessive aid during which the characters stand out is actually attention-grabbing. Jacques Levy’s biography of Chavez has unforgettable descriptive passages and superb photographs.” —The Nation
Mexican-American civil rights and hard work activist Cesar Chavez (1927–1993), involves lifestyles during this shiny portrait of the charismatic and influential fighter who boycotted supermarkets and took on businesses, the govt, and the strong Teamsters Union. Jacques E. Levy received remarkable entry to Chavez and the United Farm staff Union in penning this account of 1 of the main profitable exertions pursuits in background which could additionally function a guidebook for social and political change.
“[The] definitive paintings. The book’s significant contribution lies in its portrait of the guy himself—deeply non secular in a nearly mystical type; a devoted battler, yet now not a devoted hater; a pacesetter who not just won't ask, yet won't permit his fans to make the sacrifices he has made.” —Publishers Weekly
“One of the heroic figures of our time.” —Senator Robert F. Kennedy
Jacques E. Levy (1927–2004), a prize-winning journalist, spent six years with Cesar Chavez studying and scripting this book.
Fred Ross Jr. is a spokesperson for the provider Employees’ foreign Union and the son of Fred Ross, Chavez’s mentor.
Jacqueline Levy is the daughter of Jacques E. Levy and a highschool technological know-how instructor in Sonoma County, California.
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Even when it was hard to find a ripe one, I would just go in, mostly on a hunch. Sometimes I looked at the leaves, which are supposed to be dry. Usually I just ran and touched one and had a feeling. I was the best watermelon cutter in the family. As we got older, we helped my dad, first with little things and then bigger ones. We liked to harness the horses that were kept in the corral across the canal from our house. But putting on the collars was difficult. We were very small, and the horses were very tall.
Luckily the sun always routed the cold, and we would soon forget how we had shivered. The school, which had three classrooms, was a tall, old wooden building in the shape of a T. Inside were old desks with initials carved all over, mostly those of my older cousins. When the bell rang, about two hundred students lined up on the walkway between the tamarack trees and marched in to the desks. That bell, mounted in a small belfry on top of the peaked roof, sounded like a church bell across the valley, and my favorite sound was the last toll.
They made me go, so I went, but they always had to push me to go. It wasn't the learning I hated, but the conflicts. The teachers were very mean. I also didn't like sitting in the classroom. I was bored to death. I'd just go to sleep. Once the teacher even sent a note home saying I was ill, that I had to be taken to the doctor because I was always falling asleep. Every day it was the same routine. We got up pretty early, and I did several hours work getting water from the canal, taking care of the animals, gathering eggs, the usual hard work on a farm.