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Barrio BOy Gina Tyler 1 Author Information The author of Barrio Boy is Ernesto Galarza Ernesto was born in Jalcocotan Nayarit which is in Mexico on August 15 1905 and died in 1984 During Galarzas early childhood he lived in a small village of Jalcocotan all while he learned respect for the things he had Ernesto came to the United States at a young age during the Mexian Revolution which happened in the early 1900s While Ernesto was growing up he helped out his family in harvesting their crops He worked in the harvest crops of Sacramento California Working in these conditions inspired his views on the way Mexicans were treated as farmworkers He soon became concerned about the way that the Mexican agriculture workers were treated poorly and lived in bad condtions all while being a school boy During these hard times a baby died from drinking the polluted water they were given When the Mexican people found out about this they decided to ask Ernesto to lead the village in a protest because Ernesto had been taught English in school Galarza showed his student activism towards Mexian-American in the early 1929s which was when he vocalized his views on the way that the Mexian-Americans were being treated He finished up high school and after graduation he continued on with his education He went to Stanford University where he was the first Mexican-American to ever be admitted Mr Galarza earned his Ph D in history and political science at Columbia University After World War II Dr Ernesto Galarza soon became a labor organizer because of his endorsement of the AFL-CIO he was also named the National Farm Labor Unions executive secretary Galarza was deeply committed to the education of young people and the thought that everyone should have an opportunity to get a good education Which might be the reason that he started to write literature
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