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'''Cesar Chavez''' (1927-1993) was a [[Roman Catholic]] [[labor]] organizer who started one of the first farm workers unions and organized [[boycott]]s of farmers who opposed unionization. His work is said to have led to many improvements in the working conditions experienced by farmhands.  His importance in American history is seen in the fact that his birthday is a holiday in four states and that the [[United States Postal Service]] has released a stamp in his honor.
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'''Cesar Chavez''' (1927-1993) was a [[Roman Catholic]] [[labor]] organizer who started one of the first farm workers unions and organized [[boycott]]s of farmers who opposed [[union]]ization. His work is said to have led to many improvements in the working conditions experienced by farmhands.  His importance in American history is seen in the fact that his birthday is a holiday in four states and that the [[United States Postal Service]] has released a stamp in his honor.
  
 
==Early Life==
 
==Early Life==
He was born on March 31, 1927 on a farm near [[Yuma, Arizona]] which was owned by his parents. His family lost their holdings during the [[Great Depression]] and moved to [[California]] to work in the fields.  
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He was born on March 31, 1927 on a farm near [[Yuma]], [[Arizona]] which was owned by his parents. His family lost their holdings during the [[Great Depression]] and moved to [[California]] to work in the fields.  
  
 
Cesar was exposed firsthand to the bad working conditions of migrant laborers, which is believed to have shaped the direction his life took. As a child, he began to develop a nonviolent world view, which he practiced his entire life.  
 
Cesar was exposed firsthand to the bad working conditions of migrant laborers, which is believed to have shaped the direction his life took. As a child, he began to develop a nonviolent world view, which he practiced his entire life.  

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Cesar Chavez (1927-1993) was a Roman Catholic labor organizer who started one of the first farm workers unions and organized boycotts of farmers who opposed unionization. His work is said to have led to many improvements in the working conditions experienced by farmhands. His importance in American history is seen in the fact that his birthday is a holiday in four states and that the United States Postal Service has released a stamp in his honor.

Early Life

He was born on March 31, 1927 on a farm near Yuma, Arizona which was owned by his parents. His family lost their holdings during the Great Depression and moved to California to work in the fields.

Cesar was exposed firsthand to the bad working conditions of migrant laborers, which is believed to have shaped the direction his life took. As a child, he began to develop a nonviolent world view, which he practiced his entire life.

After graduating from 8th grade in 1942, he began working as migrant farm worker. Two years later, at the age of 17, Chavez enlisted in the United States Navy and served until 1946.[1]

Death

On April 23, 1993, he passed away in San Luis, Arizona, of unspecified causes.[2]

References

  1. The Story of Cesar Chavez (UFW Biography) http://lasculturas.com/biographies/214-civil-rights/112-cesar-chavez
  2. Cesar Chavez (NNDB biography) http://www.nndb.com/people/309/000089042/