By Jacques E. Levy, Fred Ross Jr.
“[An] really attention-grabbing and intimate oral historical past . . . opposed to a history of lodges and all-night cafs and moves, the excessive aid within which the characters stand out is actually attention-grabbing. Jacques Levy’s biography of Chavez has unforgettable descriptive passages and high-quality photographs.” —The Nation
Mexican-American civil rights and exertions activist Cesar Chavez (1927–1993), involves lifestyles during this shiny portrait of the charismatic and influential fighter who boycotted supermarkets and took on enterprises, the govt., and the strong Teamsters Union. Jacques E. Levy received remarkable entry to Chavez and the United Farm employees Union in scripting this account of 1 of the main winning hard work activities in heritage that could additionally function a guidebook for social and political change.
“[The] definitive paintings. The book’s significant contribution lies in its portrait of the guy himself—deeply non secular in a virtually mystical type; a devoted battler, yet no longer a devoted hater; a pacesetter who not just won't ask, yet won't let his fans to make the sacrifices he has made.” —Publishers Weekly
“One of the heroic figures of our time.” —Senator Robert F. Kennedy
Jacques E. Levy (1927–2004), a prize-winning journalist, spent six years with Cesar Chavez gaining knowledge of and penning this book.
Fred Ross Jr. is a spokesperson for the provider Employees’ overseas Union and the son of Fred Ross, Chavez’s mentor.
Jacqueline Levy is the daughter of Jacques E. Levy and a highschool technological know-how instructor in Sonoma County, California.
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Her stories were about obedience and honesty and some of the virtues. There were others that dealt with miracles. The range was very wide. When I look back, I see her sermons had tremendous impact on me. I didn't know it was nonviolence then, but after reading Gandhi, St. Francis, and other exponents of nonviolence, I began to clarify that in my mind. Now that I'm older I see she is nonviolent, if anybody is, both by word and deed. She would always talk about not fighting. Despite a culture where you're not a man if you don't fight back, she would say, "No, it's best to turn the other cheek.
Down the hill we saw water covering the fields, ruining the crops and flooding the watermelon. The break in the canal was easy to see, a big gash torn from the side of the bank not far from our house. All the water was escaping in a torrent, spreading as it went, and creating havoc. Then we noticed the pitiful bundles of feathers floating everywhere. Many of our chickens drowned. I had a cute hen as a pet that we had found while hunting down some of the many rattlesnakes there were around. Because she had a misshapen wishbone, she left a trail similar to that of a snake.
She made us share everything we had. If we had an apple or a tiny piece of candy, we had to cut it into five pieces. As she was an excellent cook, she baked pies out of anything, even potatoes, sprinkling brown sugar on them. She would try to give us equal shares, but if one of us complained, "I got the smaller piece," she would take them away from everybody. Then the others would put the heat on the one who complained. " She also taught us never to lend money to our brothers or sisters. "If you were really brothers, you wouldn't let money come between you.