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César E. Chávez Curriculum & Further Reading

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Cesar Chavez

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K-12 Curriculum

"The end of all education should surely be service to others." - César E. Chávez

The California Department of Education has created a standards based model curriculum on the life and work of César E. Chávez.

The curriculum is provided for grades Kindergarten through 12, with biographies, lessons, and pictures.

The site also provides resources and a research center for members of the public who are interested in the life and work of César E. Chávez. Included are many pictures and documents scanned from the Walter Reuther Library archives at Wayne State University along with numerous other pictures and documents.

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Books for Adults

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by George Ballis
A pictorial essay on issues and answers in the struggle of California's grape workers,led by César Chávez of the National Farm Workers Association.

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by Paul Fusco
A pictorial essay on the struggle and unionization for human dignity of grape workers of Delano, California under the leadership of César E. Chávez in 1965.
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by Jacques E. Levy
This long biography covers the organizer's life to the year 1975. It details the major happenings during a long period of struggles, strikes and organizing field workers.
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by Richard Griswold del Castillo
This biography reveals a quiet, shy man who was propelled by events to become a moral force who was involved with farm strikes and nonviolent struggles for justice. In his life he displayed rare courage and conviction against overwhelming odds.

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by Kevin Hile
Presents the life story of the Mexican-American labor leader who helped achieve justice for migrant farm workers by creating a union to protect their rights.
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by John Gregory Dunne
"Delano" was a landmark event. It was a long strike that began in 1965 and lasted to 1970. It focused the attention of many Americans on the working and living conditions of Mexican-American farm workers in the San Joaquin Valley of California.
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by Susan Ferriss
A companion volume to the PBS documentary, this book is a good overview of the United Farm Workers union and its struggle for justice in the grape fields.
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by Sam Kushner
A history of the century - long struggle of the California farm laborers to organize for a better life, describing achievements of the United Farm Workers Union led by César Chávez.
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by Frederick Dalton
Discusses the spiritual and moral beliefs that shaped César Chávez’ leadership and activism.
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by Ann Mcgregor
A collection of 47 remembrances by those who knew Chávez. The reader gains an understanding of the burdens that he placed upon himself in order to gain what most people considered to be impossible goals for farmworkers.
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by John C. Hammerback
This is an in-depth analysis of Chávez's effectiveness as a speaker and writer as well as his ideas. He was an accomplished speaker despite his soft-spoken style.
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by Peter Matthiessen
This is a detailed evaluation of the influence of César Chávez, leader of the United Farm Workers, on Mexican Americans in their struggle for social and economic justice.
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by Joan London
This work covers five decades of California's farm labor movement from riots before World War I to César Chávez and the Delano Grape Strike.
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by Miriram Pawel
Documents the rise, fall, and legacy of the United Farm Workers movement as reflected by the story of the iconic community organizer, drawing on extensive original sources to describe the UFW's early activist days and Chávez's ultimate inability to transition to the role of a union leader.

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by César Chávez; edited by Richard J. Jensen and John C.
An anthology of speeches and writings by César Chávez, this book gives great insight into Chavez’ rhetorical dynamics and is also a great source for studying the history of the Farm Worker’s Movement.

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Books for Children

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by Brenda Haugen
Presents the life of César Chávez, focusing primarily on his work organizing the National Farm Workers Association and working for improved working and living conditions for all Mexican Americans. Grades 4-6
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by Jeff C. Young
Presents the life story of the Mexican-American labor leader who helped achieve justice for migrant farm workers by creating a union to protect their rights. Grades 5-8
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by Eric Braun
In graphic novel format, highlights the life and accomplishments of labor leader César Chávez, who started a union that would become the United Farm Workers (UFW). Grade 3 and up
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by Sunita Apte
Highlights the life and accomplishments of labor leader César Chávez, who founded what would become the United Farm Workers labor union. Grades 2-4
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by Lila Guzman
Presents the life of the man who founded what would become the United Farm Workers union. Grades 3-4
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by Rudolfo Anaya
A poem eulogizing the Mexican American labor activist César Chávez and his work helping organize migrant farm workers. Grades 4-7
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by Kathleen Krull
Led a 340 mile march to protest the working conditions of migrant farmworkers in California. Also available in Spanish: Cosechando esperanza: la historia de César Chávez. Grades 1-4

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Video, Spoken Word and Music

(VHS Videocassette)
Biographical program on César Chávez who dedicated three decades of his life to the fight against injustices of migrant farm workers in the U.S. Discusses his founding of the United Farm Workers organization, which allowed workers to bargain for improved working conditions for the first time.   Spanish version

(VHS Videocassette)
Biographical program on César Chávez who dedicated three decades of his life to the fight against injustices of migrant farm workers in the U.S. Discusses his founding of the United Farm Workers organization, which allowed workers to bargain for improved working conditions for the first time. English version

(VHS Videocassette)
The story of César Chávez, founder of the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. Examines the grape and lettuce boycotts and the non-violent movements of the 1960s and 1970s; these confronted conservative politicians and the Teamsters Union and inspired Chicano activism. Uses archival footage, newsreels, and contemporary interviews with activists, politicians, and Chávez family members.

(DVD)
César Chávez overcame huge obstacles, including extreme poverty and the prejudice that he experienced as a Hispanic American and a migrant farmer, to achieve his goal of helping to organize the first successful union for America's farm workers. In this fascinating portrait, kids will examine the life of this dedicated labor leader, whose determination to help others gave thousands a voice and the power to change things for the better in this country. English and Spanish Language Tracks

(VHS Videocassette)
Outlines the history of the United Farm Workers of America and the role played by its founder, César Chávez; describes working conditions in the nation's strawberry fields and the struggle to unionize that industry.

(Compact Disc)
A musical representation of the odyssey of the California farm workers in their struggle to earn the right to a decent life. Ray De La Paz & friends

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