By Richard Worth
Those riveting personalities each one accomplished excellence, yet even more than their person accomplishments is the optimistic Hispanic photo they jointly signify to the realm. photos, illustrations, and full of life textual content inform the tales ot those attention-grabbing ancient figures.
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Richard and César tried to earn extra money by shining shoes along the streets of the towns where their family lived. Once, when they had earned some money, César and Richard went to a restaurant and ordered a hamburger. ” When they tried to order hamburgers, the waitress was furious with them. ”26 she said. Chávez dropped out of high school and went to work fulltime in the fields picking fruits and vegetables. In Delano, an agricultural community, Chávez met a young woman named Helen Fabela at a soda shop.
However, violence broke out along the picket lines. A union striker named Rufino Contreras was killed by rifle fire from guards employed by the growers. Union members struck back and violently attacked scabs who were trying to cross the picket lines. Supporting the growers was the Ku Klux Klan, which was organizing people in California to break the strike. The Klan had been formed in the South more than a century earlier to protect white people who felt threatened by African Americans. Klan horsemen wearing white sheets and covering their faces with white hoods rode across the South terrorizing African Americans, who had recently been freed from slavery after the Civil War.
The Mexicans said, “We are Mexican citizens. ”42 Meanwhile, another strike had broken out at a migrant worker camp. Workers were being asked to pay much higher rents than they could afford. As a result, they went on strike, helped by the FWA. This strike had barely begun before the FWA became involved in something much larger. This was the strike of the Filipino grape workers around Delano. At first, the strike was led by the AWOC. Chávez and Huerta were unsure whether the FWA was ready to become involved in a large grape strike.