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However, Cesar’s own struggles ended when he died on April 23, 1993. During his life, he and Helen had never owned their own house. They had never earned more than $6,000 in a single year. But money was never important to Cesar. What was important was serving other people. His life reminds millions of poor people that the world can change for the better. With service and sacrifice, justice can be won. AMERICAN HEROES 32 Cesar’s son Paul admires a stamp that honors his late father, a man who lived to serve others.
Yes, We Can! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, 2004. ) Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull. Harcourt Children’s Books, 2003. 37 PLACES TO VISIT Memorials to Cesar Chavez are being created in many places. At the time of this writing, none are completed, but one under way is: Cesar E. shtml TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CESAR CHAVEZ 38 I NDEX Page numbers for illustrations are in boldface. boycott, 26, 28, 29 Brown, Jerry, 30 Chavez, Helen Fabela (wife), 10, 11, 32 Chavez, Paul (son), 33 Chavez, Richard (brother), 2 Chavez, Rita (sister), 3, 9 California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, 30 Chavez, Cesar childhood and early years, 2, 3, 5–6, 8, 9, 10 death, 32 education, 8, 9, 14 and farm workers’ union, 18, 20, 21–22, 23, 24, 25–26 and Father McDonnell, 13–14, 21 marriage and family life, 10, 11, 12, 13 naval service, 10 salaries/earnings, 9, 32 stamp honoring, 33 farm workers, 1 in California, 5, 6, 7 grape workers boycott, 26, 28, 29 union for, 18, 19, 20, 21–22, 23, 24, 25–26, 27, 30, 31 unorganized, 16, 17 Francis of Assisi, Saint, 14, 15 grape workers, California, 24, 25–26, 28, 29, 30 Great Depression, 4, 5–6 growers, 6, 14, 18, 22, 25, 26, 29–30 39 Hispanics, 21 salaries/earnings, 9, 32 scabs, 18, 26 strikes, work, 17, 21, 26 labor contractors, 6 McDonnell, Father, 13–14, 21 unions, 17, 21–22, 24, 25–26, 30, 31 United Farm Workers of America, 30, 31 National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), 21–22, 23, 24, 25–26, 27, 28, 29–30, 31 voting rights, 20, 21 racism, 9 INDEX 40 A N OTE ON Q UOTES ALL OF THE QUOTATIONS in this book have been taken from interviews contained in Jacques E.
In the boycott, union workers went all over the country. They told grocery stores and other businesses about the terrible conditions grape workers faced. The workers asked businesses not to buy California grapes. The boycott worked. After a while, no one would buy California grapes and the growers began to lose money. Finally, after five long years, they were forced to sign contracts with the union. For the first time ever, grape workers had won basic rights that most other American workers already enjoyed.