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Fight of the Farm-workers Cesar Chavez Many people especially those who dont live in or near the agricultural promised lands of California just dont understand what terrible living and working conditions immigrant farm-workers suffered under for so many years Many of these laborers didnt know there was an alternative Many were happy to get this work even at such a low wage as thirty-five cents an hour and paid housing a tent That is until a man named Cesar Chavez came along Chavez by many is considered the Moses of the West Coast migrant farm-workers At the risk of personal safety as well that of his family Mr Chavez fought the boss as farm owners and supervisors--mostly white were known and organized these suppressed workers under one name the United Farm Workers Union possibly the most well known union story of the twentieth century So how did it evolve First lets show the history of Cesar Chavez Chavez a product of a depression era migrant childhood knew what suffering was all about He grew up in primarily in Arizona His grandparents escaped the feudal hacienda system in Mexico basically an indentured servant system where the peons who were at the lowest rung of the countrys economic system and toiled all their lives for the lords of the large farms In the late 1880s they fled this system and crossed the Rio Grande His grandfather was able to get work in the mines in Arizona and saved enough money to buy a parcel of land His father Librado was one of the Chavezs that stayed in Yuma Arizona to raise his own family and take care of the family farm The Chavez family prospered until the Great Crash of the stock market in 1929 and because Librado owed money on land that he bought the land was bought out from under him by another farmer who just also happened to own the bank where Librados
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