History & Culture
Under the leadership of César E. Chávez and others such as Dolores Huerta and Larry Itliong, along with support from millions of Americans, the farm worker movement joined forces with other reform movements to achieve unprecedented successes that greatly improved working and living conditions and wages for farm workers. During the 1970s the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) grew and expanded from its early roots as a union for farm workers to also become a national voice for the poor and disenfranchised. The enduring legacies of César E. Chávez and the farm worker movement include passage of California's Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, the first law in the U.S. that recognized farm workers' collective bargaining rights.Learn More
Student Historians simulate events leading up to the fight for migrant workers. They assume the roles of teachers, growers, or farmers in a town meeting set prior to the Grape Boycott. As each group make their arguments and must justify why they are leaning in that direction. The young scholars also debate the causes for the changes and its desired outcomes.
History is not a passive subject. Historians actively search out and analyze primary sources in order to tell the stories of our past. Behind those streamlined narratives are hundreds of messy sources. This expierence use primary sources utilized by the detectives to give students practice with analyzing, questioning and following up on information contained in a variety of primary sources.
Explore the concept of a consumer boycott as a strategy to change work conditions. They then work in small groups to examine boycotts from multiple perspectives and create posters illustrating their conclusions.