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Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workersby Frank Bardacke
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In its heyday, the United Farm Workers was an embodiment of its slogan “Yes, we can”—in the form “¡Sí, Se Puede!”—winning many labor victories, securing collective bargaining rights for farm workers, and becoming a major voice for the Latino community. Today, it is a mere shadow of its former self.
Trampling Out the Vintage is the authoritative and award-winning account of the rise and fall of the United Farm Workers and its most famous and controversial leader, Cesar Chavez. Based interviews conducted over many years—with farm workers, organizers, and the opponents and friends of the UFW—the book tells a story of collective action and empowerment rich in evocative detail and stirring human interest. Beginning with the influence of the ideas of Saul Alinsky and Catholic Social Action at the union’s founding, through the UFW’s thrilling triumphs in the California fields, the drama concludes with the debilitating internal struggles that effectively crippled the union.
A vivid rendering of farm work and the world of the farm worker, Trampling Out the Vintage is a dramatic reappraisal of the political trajectory of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers and an essential re-evaluation of their most tumultuous years.
Winner of the 2012 Hillman Prize in Book Journalism.
A dramatic new history of Cesar Chavez and the rise and fall of the United Farm Workers
In its heyday, the United Farm Workers was an embodiment of its slogan "Yes, we can"--in the form "¡Sí, Se Puede!"--winning many labor victories, securing collective bargaining rights for farm workers, and becoming a major voice for the Latino community. Today, it is a mere shadow of its former self. Trampling Out the Vintage is the authoritative account of the union's rise and fall, a dramatic reappraisal of its controversial leader Cesar Chavez, and a vivid rendering of farm work and the farming world.
About the Author
Frank Bardacke is a teacher at Watsonville Adult School, the author of Good Liberals and Great Blue Herons, and the translator of Shadows of Tender Fury.
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