Cesar Chavez 's Work For Improved Working Conditions

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Cesar Chavez is a well renowned labor leader in American history. César Estrada Chávez was raised by a poor family of migrant farm workers. He had little to no time for school or freetime activities with his peers and experienced many bias racial comments because of his Mexican-American heritage. Despite this, César grew to become a gifted leader who inspired thousands of people to fix their lives and make it better. In the 1960’s César founded the United Farm Workers, an organization that led the members to fight for improved working conditions. César was born to the parents Librado Chavez and Juana Estrada on March 31, 1927 on the family farm. Cesar was the born during the devastating Great Depression, which caused the United States to…show more content…
Restaurants would refuse to serve Mexican Americans, and theaters allowed them to sit in only one section of the cinema. In 1944 César joined the U.S. Navy’s to fight in World War II, César was only seventeen at the time. Even while fighting for his country he experienced discrimination. After two years of serving in the Navy he returned to California and began to work in the farms again. In 1948 he married Helen Fabela, he lived in a One-room shack and began to raise his family in the town of Delano. Over many years the married couple had eight children. The racism and poor working conditions facing migrant farmers before the war did not change. Because of Césars experiences in his childhood, he was anxious with solving the problems of the nation’s farm laborers. In 1952 César met Fred Ross, the founder of Community Service Organization or CSO, a group that desired for better living conditions for migrant workers. César was impressed by Ross and his ideas then began working for CSO as a community organizer. Going from house to house at night, he helped labors with their day to day problems. By 1958 César became the director of the CSO in California and Arizona. César heard many grievances from migrant workers as he moved between California and Arizona. César was concerned about claims that landowners often used Mexicans illegally bused across the border to work in the field with the lowest

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