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The first major collection of writings by civil rights leader Cesar Chavez
One of the most important civil rights leaders in American history, Cesar Chavez was a firm believer in the principles of nonviolence, and he effectively employed peaceful tactics to further his cause. Through his efforts, he helped achieve dignity, fair wages, benefits, and humane working conditions for hundreds of thousands of farm workers. This extensive collection of Chavez's speeches and writings chronicles his progression and development as a leader, and includes previously unpublished material. From speeches to spread the word of the Delano Grape Strike to testimony before the House of Representatives about the hazards of pesticides, Chavez communicated in clear, direct language and motivated people everywhere with an unflagging commitment to his ideals.
"[Cesar Chavez is] one of the heroic figures of our time."
-Senator Robert F. Kennedy
About the Author
(1927-1993) is a civil rights and labor leader, a farm worker, a crusader for nonviolent social change, an environmentalist, and a consumer advocate. In 1994 he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.
Ilan Stavans is a professor at Amherst College and the author of several books, including On Borrowed Words.