Garcia presents a comprehensive history of the meteoric rise and precipitous decline of the United Farm Workers, the most successful farm labor union in United States history. Based on little-known sources and one-of-a-kind oral histories with many veterans of the farm worker movement, he revises much of what we know about the UFW. His account of the UFW's '70s grape boycott reveals how it—even though initially resisted by Cesar Chavez—became the defining feature of the movement and drove the growers to sign contracts favorable to laborers. Garcia shows how the union was a victim of its own success and Chavez's growing instability by delving deeply into the figurehead's attitudes and beliefs, and how they changed over time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Matt Garcia is Professor of Transborder Studies and History at Arizona State University, where he also directs the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, and the Program in Comparative Border Studies. He is the author of A world of its own: Race, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970. He was also the outreach director and co-primary investigator for the Bracero Archive Project, which was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in 2008, and the recipient of the Best Public History Award by the National Council for Public History in 2009-2010. More »
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