Sal Si Puedes (Escape If You Can): Cesar Chavez and the New American Revolution

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Univ of California Press, Mar 31, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 363 pages
In the summer of 1968 Peter Matthiessen met Cesar Chavez for the first time. They were the same age: forty-one. Matthiessen lived in New York City, while Chavez lived in the Central Valley farm town of Delano, where the grape strike was unfolding. This book is Matthiessen’s panoramic yet finely detailed account of the three years he spent working and traveling with Chavez, including to Sal Si Puedes, the San Jose barrio where Chavez began his organizing. Matthiessen provides a candid look into the many sides of this enigmatic and charismatic leader who lived by the laws of nonviolence.

Sal Si Puedes is less reportage than living history. In its pages a whole era comes alive: the Chicano, Black Power, and antiwar movements; the browning of the labor movement; Chavez’s fasts; the nationwide boycott of California grapes. When Chavez died in 1993, tens of thousands gathered at his funeral. It was a clear sign of how beloved he was and how important his life had been.

A new foreword by Marc Grossman considers the significance of Chavez’s legacy for our time. As well as serving as an indispensable guide to the 1960s, this book rejuvenates the extraordinary vitality of Chavez’s life and spirit, giving his message a renewed and much-needed urgency.
 

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Contents

Section 1
vii
Section 2
x
Section 3
xxxvii
Section 4
3
Section 5
10
Section 6
12
Section 7
39
Section 8
62
Section 13
177
Section 14
189
Section 15
196
Section 16
212
Section 17
277
Section 18
288
Section 19
319
Section 20
322

Section 9
117
Section 10
139
Section 11
145
Section 12
164
Section 21
339
Section 22
361
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About the author (2014)

Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014) was a winner of the National Book Award and the American Book Award, and was the author of over thirty books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Snow Leopard (1978), At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1965), Far Tortuga (1975), In the Spirit of Crazy Horse (1992), and Bone by Bone (1999). Chavez's longtime spokesman and personal aide Marc Grossman is Communications Director for the Cesar Chavez Foundation.

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