As you learned in this chapter, César Chávez organized the United Farm Workers (UFW), a union whose members are primarily Hispanic American, to provide better working conditions for farm workers. His mission was to restore dignity to not just the migrant farm worker, but to all Hispanic Americans. Chávez stated, "How could we progress as a people . . . while the farm workersmen and women of our colorwere condemned to a life without pride?" Through strikes, boycotts, marches, arrests, and prison, he worked to organize farm workers and to make the Hispanic American voice heard. For his dedication, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of FreedomAmerica's highest civilian honor.
Destination Title: United Farm Workers
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Start at the United Farm Workers Web site.
- Click on the History topic at the top of the page.
- Click on The Story of César Chávez and then The Rise of UFW topics. You may also listen to audio clips of famous Chávez speeches. Be sure to return to the "Home" page to review current activities by the Union.
- Browse through the site, taking notes as you go.
After you have read through the information, answer the following questions.