"Our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of men we are." - Cesar E. Chavez
Cesar E. Chavez by far has made an impact on the hearts and minds of several North Americans including those who do not know who he is, yet. Deemed as the most influential labor leader in the Unites States, Chavez fought for the rights of migrant workers with a non-violent philosophy and founded the first successful farm workers' union, United Farm Workers of America.
Cesar Chavez was born March 31,1927 on a small farm near Yuma, Arizona. His parents fought to maintain their farm duringThe Great Depression yet, as a result of numerous drought's were unsuccessful in their attempts. At the age of ten Chavez and his family migrated southwest joining 300,000 other migrant workers in search of employment in the fields and vineyards. The migrant farm workers had no permanent homes, they were housed in barrios and the living conditions were barbaric. The typical home was actually a one-room shack or a tent, pest infested, dirty, and lacked running water, electricity, and bathrooms. In their intial year as migrant workers the Chavez family grossed approximently $300.00. Education became nearly impossible considering he attended as many as 30 elementary schools in a single year and his family spoke only spanish, at the time spanish was forbidden in public schools. After years of traveling and back-breaking labor his family was able to finally settle in East San Jose, California; in a barrio called Sal Si Puedes which means "Get Out If You Can?".
Five years after the move in 1942 Cesar Chavez completed the eighth grade. He then volunteered to work in the fields at the age of fifteen with his brother and sister as a result of a crippling car accident their father experienced. Cesar became a full time migrant worker and soon voiced his discontent of the exploitation the farm workers endured. However many farm workers did not...