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Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Strategy and the Organization in the California Farm Worker Movement

Marshall Ganz


This book tells the story of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers' ground-breaking victory, drawing important lessons from this dramatic tale. Since the 1900s, large-scale agricultural enterprises relied on migrant labor—a cheap, unorganized, and powerless workforce. In 1965, when some 800 Filipino grape workers began to strike under the aegis of the AFL-CIO, the UFW soon joined the action with 2,000 Mexican workers and turned the strike into a civil rights struggle. They engaged in civil disobedience, mobilized support from churches and students, boycotted growers, and transformed their s ... More

Keywords: Cesar Chavez, United Farm Workers, migrant labor, AFL-CIO, UFW, civil rights struggle, La Causa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195162011
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162011.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marshall Ganz, author
Harvard University