Cesar Chavez

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Cesar Chavez


Cesar Chavez was born on March 31, 1927. while growing up his family was very poor, having their home taken away from not having enough money, in 1938 they moved to California searching for work like many familes that were also poor. They found work in the fields picking fruit and vegtables. After graduating from 8th grade he went to work in the fields. At the age of 19 he joined the U.S. Navy, he served for 2 years. In 1948 cesar got married to Helen Fabela, when he returned to San Jose he saw how the migrant workers were being treated. He then joined the United Farm Workers Association. He led many strikes against farms, his hunger strikes were very effective against working conditions. After years of fighting he finally won rights for farm workers, today they have health benefits, rest periods, clean drinking water, hand washing stations, and protective clothes against pesticide exposure. They were also given proper wages.


1927- Cesar Chavez was born1937- Family moved to California looking for work1944-Serves in US Navy1952- Joins a Community Service Organization1962- Forms the National Farm Workers Association 1965- Leads a strike against grape growers1993- Cesar Chavez dies1994- Recieves the Medal of Freedom

Chavez gained restrooms, breaks, and good working tools for workers.He was co-founder of the Unitend Farm Workers Association in 1962 with Delores HuertaFirst union contracts requiring rest periods, clean drinking water, hand washing stations and protective clothing against pesticide exposure First health benefits for farm workers and families. On August 8 1994, his family received Presidential Medal of Freedom from Bill Clinton.

Lasting Impact

Cesar Chavez had a great impact on the working conditions on farms. He got proper wages for migrant workers. They also stopped crop dusting over the workers while they were out in the fields.




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