Delano: The Story of the California Grape Strike

Delano The Story of the California Grape Strike In September Filipino and Mexican American farm workers went on strike against grape growers in and around Delano California More than a labor dispute the strike became a movement for social j

  • Title: Delano: The Story of the California Grape Strike
  • Author: John Gregory Dunne
  • ISBN: 9780520254336
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • In September 1965, Filipino and Mexican American farm workers went on strike against grape growers in and around Delano, California More than a labor dispute, the strike became a movement for social justice that helped redefine Latino and American politics The strike also catapulted its leader, Cesar Chavez, into prominence as one of the most celebrated American politicaIn September 1965, Filipino and Mexican American farm workers went on strike against grape growers in and around Delano, California More than a labor dispute, the strike became a movement for social justice that helped redefine Latino and American politics The strike also catapulted its leader, Cesar Chavez, into prominence as one of the most celebrated American political figures of the twentieth century More than forty years after its original publication, Delano The Story of the California Grape Strike, based on compelling first hand reportage and interviews, retains both its freshness and its urgency in illuminating a moment of unusually significant social ferment.

    One thought on “Delano: The Story of the California Grape Strike”

    1. Well-written contemporary journalistic account (1971) of the California Grape Strike and the rise of Cesar Chavez as a national figure. Dunne does a good job of explaining the history of California agriculture and farm labor. His editorializing is brief and mostly ironic. Dunne lets the participants speak for themselves. I was surprised at the things the "Anglos" in Delano freely said to him about Mexicans.

    2. I really enjoyed this one. Written during the strike by a journalist rather than labor insider, its got good pacing, keeps it interesting, and the fact that its of the time rather than a look back is unexpected. The writer's conclusions (someday all farmwork will be done by machines, all farm laborers will be unionized) are funny now, but you can see why he thought those things.The book also sheds some insight on why a few of the major unions, whose leadership came out of this campaign, have som [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *