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Introduction to the 2010 Newberry Library New Book Symposium on Miriam Pawel's The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement

Introduction to the 2010 Newberry Library New Book Symposium on Miriam Pawel's The Union of Their... Erik S. Gellman The Union of Their Dreams provides an inspiring and tragic narrative that explains the emergence and collapse of a social movement by and on behalf of Mexican and Filipino farmworkers. Miriam Pawel’s book has a unique structure. Rather than passing judgment on the union’s actions, she privileges a narrative based on eight dedicated activists who gravitated to Chavez and devoted their professional and personal lives to propel the union forward. These testimonies of Mexican American worker-organizers, a Presbyterian minister, attorneys, and student activists form a collective patchwork of oral history that allows the reader to see inside the United Farm Workers (UFW) from intersecting ideological and emotional perspectives. The narrative begins with nineteen-year-old Eliseo Medina, who witnesses a strike of farmworkers in Delano, California. Shortly after this shy teenager rst heard Chavez speak, he joined the union movement and became one of the UFW’s most effective organizers. Through his eyes, we see how in the movement grew to win the rst secret ballot election of farmworkers in the United States. We also learn how the UFW spread from the elds to urban centers. In Chicago, Medina shows up with only a couple of phone numbers http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas Duke University Press

Introduction to the 2010 Newberry Library New Book Symposium on Miriam Pawel's The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement

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Duke University Press
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Abstract

Erik S. Gellman The Union of Their Dreams provides an inspiring and tragic narrative that explains the emergence and collapse of a social movement by and on behalf of Mexican and Filipino farmworkers. Miriam Pawel’s book has a unique structure. Rather than passing judgment on the union’s actions, she privileges a narrative based on eight dedicated activists who gravitated to Chavez and devoted their professional and personal lives to propel the union forward. These testimonies of Mexican American worker-organizers, a Presbyterian minister, attorneys, and student activists form a collective patchwork of oral history that allows the reader to see inside the United Farm Workers (UFW) from intersecting ideological and emotional perspectives. The narrative begins with nineteen-year-old Eliseo Medina, who witnesses a strike of farmworkers in Delano, California. Shortly after this shy teenager rst heard Chavez speak, he joined the union movement and became one of the UFW’s most effective organizers. Through his eyes, we see how in the movement grew to win the rst secret ballot election of farmworkers in the United States. We also learn how the UFW spread from the elds to urban centers. In Chicago, Medina shows up with only a couple of phone numbers

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Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the AmericasDuke University Press

Published: Mar 20, 2012

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