Cesar Chavez was a man who helped American migrant farm workers fight for a better life.He was born into a Mexican American family near Yuma, Arizona, on March 31,1927. Cesar had five brothers and sisters.
His grandparents moved to the United States in the 1880’s and started growing animals in Arizona. At that time people could live on a piece of land, work it for a period of time and become the owners of the land. Life had been hard in Mexico at that time and many migrate to the United States looking for better living conditions.
His father worked on the family ranch and owned a nearby store. In the 1930s, his father’s business failed and the family lost their ranch when the land became too dry to raise cattle.
In 1938, the family moved to California to work as fruit and vegetable pickers. They went from farm to farm, living in migrant camps and making very little money. The children went to many different schools.
Cesar’s parents taught him to love God and to respect and help others. His father was politically active when they lived in Arizona, trying to improve the living and working conditions for the Mexican Americans. This example would have had a great influence on Cesar later in his own life.
He gave up school to pick grapes, but in 1944 he joined the navy and served two years in World War II. When he returned home, he began working in the fields and picker’s wages and working conditions had still not gotten any better, and he decided this had to change.
In 1948, he joined some workers protesting poor wages and working conditions, but their protest failed and he did not give up. From 1952 to 1962 he traveled and spoke all over California, supporting Mexican Americans to register to vote and migrant workers to demand their rights.
He married Helen, that he met when he was working in a vineyard picking grapes; they had eight children and they raise them just as they had been raised, to care about and work for the good of others.
In 1962 Cesar Chavez formed the United Farm Workers union. He led California grape pickers in a strike for higher wages and he asked Americans to support them by refusing to buy table grapes.
In 1968 he fasted for a period to get more attention for the strike. This strike taught the public about the plight of migrant farm workers.
Senator Robert Kennedy supported Chavez and the UFW. In 1970 he led several strike and boycotts that forced grape and lettuce growers to give workers higher wages. Over the years he convinced many Americans to support the migrant workers’ fght for a better life.
Chavez died on April 23, 1993.
"YOU ARE NEVER strong enough that you don't need help." -cesar chavez


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