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Honoring Cesar Chavez

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull and Yuyi Morales and Strike! The Farm Workers’ Fight For Their Rights by Larry Dane Brimner are both excellent tellings of the life of Cesar Chavez.

A picture book suitable for grades K-5, Harvesting Hope traces Chavez’s early childhood on his family’s ranch in Arizona and their dislocation with drought during the Great Depression. From then on, Chavez and his family were migrant farm workers. This experience made Chavez particularly sensitive to the plight of farm workers. The bulk of the book concerns his efforts to organize farm workers to improve their circumstances, the Delano grape strike of 1965, and the march from Delano to Sacramento in 1966.

Strike! covers the Delano grape strike and the rise and fall of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers of America. This more critical appraisal of Chavez, the UFW, and anti-union activities of the agriculture industry and government is aimed at grades 6-12. The narrative is supported by oral histories, FBI files, diaries, letters, and newspaper accounts and illustrated with contemporary graphics and photographs. It includes a timeline, source notes, and list of resources for further investigation.

THE FOLLOWING LESSONS AND RESOURCES HELP COMMEMORATE CESAR CHAVEZ DAY (MARCH 31):

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