Cesar Chavez was one of the most important labor leaders in American history. Born into a family of Mexican American migrant farmworkers, Chavez spent much of his early life doing backbreaking work in difficult conditions for very little pay. In 1962, he cofounded what would become the United Farm Workers (UFW) labor organization. Through his tireless efforts, Chavez led the way to improve conditions and pay for migrant workers. He helped to make life better for poor, hardworking people everywhere.
Chavez, the second child of Librado and Juana Chavez, was born on March 31, 1927. At the time, his father owned a farm, grocery store, garage, and pool hall. Only two years after Chavez was born, the United States entered...Read more
- March 31, 1927
- April 22, 1993
OccupationMigrant worker rights activist
- Union official
- Chávez, César Estrada