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Jessie de la Cruz: A Profile of a United Farm Worker

Jessie de la Cruz: A Profile of a United Farm Worker

by Gary Soto
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The acclaimed young adult biography of the UFW's first female organizer.

This inspiring story of Jessie De La Cruz, the United Farmer Workers, and la Causa is told as only Gary Soto—novelist, essayist, poet, and himself a field laborer during his teens—can tell it, with respect, empathy, and deep compassion for the working poor.

A field worker from the age of five, Jessie knew poverty, harsh working conditions, and the exploitation of Mexicans and all poor people. Her response was to take a stand. She joined the fledgling United Farm Workers union and, at Cesar Chavez's request, became its first woman recruiter. She also participated in strikes, helped ban the crippling short-handle hoe, became a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, testified before the Senate, and met with the Pope.

Jessie's life story personalizes an historical movement and shows teens how an ordinary woman became extraordinary through her will to make change happen, not just for herself but for others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892552856
Publisher: Persea Books
Publication date: 10/17/2002
Series: Karen and Michael Braziller Books
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 528,457
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gary Soto, author of books for children, young adults, and adults, lives in Berkeley, California. His best-selling fiction includes Baseball in April and Buried Onions.

Table of Contents

Map of California2
Chapter 1Hurtful Beginnings3
Chapter 2Between the Rows18
Chapter 3Family of Her Own29
Chapter 4Hearing the Call of la Causa42
Chapter 5Speaking Out66
Chapter 6For the People77
Chapter 7A Farm of Their Own83
Chapter 8Jessie Today99
AppendixWill the Family Farm Survive in America? Congressional Testimony of Jessie De La Cruz105
Bibliography and Acknowledgments114

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