A Dolores Huerta Reader

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Mario T. García
UNM Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 350 pages
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Farm labor leader and civil rights advocate Dolores Huerta first worked with César Chávez as a community organizer in Mexican American areas of southern California in the mid-1950s. Chávez dreamed of organizing farm workers, and in 1962 he started the National Farm Workers Association. He asked Huerta to work with them, and in the next three years they recruited a number of members. In 1965 the NFWA joined the AFL-CIO-affiliated Agricultural Workers' Committee in a strike against large grape growers in the San Joaquin Valley--a five-year strike that raised national awareness of the dismal treatment of the workers and led to the formation of the United Farm Workers union.

Huerta's contributions to these efforts were invaluable in recruiting women for the cause, in keeping the union focused on nonviolent actions, and in gaining support in the eastern United States for the effective grape boycott that led to contracts for the union. Ten years after they started, they celebrated the passage of the Agricultural Labor Relations Act. They had made history.

This is the first book to focus on Dolores Huerta. Throughout six decades of activism, she has made her own history and has been part of major events in the history of the country, standing alongside Robert Kennedy the night he was assassinated. Often calledla Pasionaria, the passionate one, she continues to speak out on labor, environmental, antiwar, and women's issues.A Dolores Huerta Readerincludes an informative biographical introduction, articles and book excerpts written about her, her own writing and speeches, and a recent interview with Mario García where she expresses her unbending dedication to social justice. Anyone who wants to know more about Dolores Huerta should start with this book.

  

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User Review  - Christine Granados - Goodreads

Can't figure out if Huerta was insane or saintly. Learned an awful lot about the movement and the woman. What she put her all her kids through kept me wondering if she was negligent or brilliant. Read full review

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User Review  - José-antonio Orosco - Goodreads

It's about time the thoughts of this Chicana leader were collected! Read full review

Contents

ON DOLORES HUERTA
3
Richard Griswold del Castillo and Richard A Garcia
23
Margaret RoseTraditional and Nontraditional
50
Jean MurphyUnsung Heroine of La Causa
69
The Women of the Boycott
79
La Pasionaria
105
Nelda ClemmonsDolores Huerta Mothers Eleven
115
Ruth CarranzaFrom the Fields Into the History
123
Testimony of Dolores Huerta
187
Letters Written by Dolores Huerta to Cesar Chavez
195
Statement of Dolores Huerta Vice President United
213
Teamsters and UFW Debate 1973
219
Keynote Address before the Annual Convention of
229
Speech Given by Dolores Huerta UCLA February
241
Dolores HuertaA Life of Sacrifice for Farm
279
Frances OrtegaAn Interview with Dolores
295

Lisa GenasciUFW CoFounder Comes out
129
James RaineyThe Eternal Soldadera
141
Maria Luisa TorresLabor Leader Dolores Huerta
155
DOLORES HUERTA SPEAKS
163
Interview with
313
Respect Spanish and Unemployment Insurance
327
Bibliography
347
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About the author (2008)

Mario T. GarcÃa earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of California, San Diego. He is professor of Chicano studies and history at UC Santa Barbara.

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