Skip to Main Content

Farmworker Awareness

Recommended resources for National Farmworker Awareness Week.

Cesar Chavez mural by Roy Villalobo

A mural by Roy Villalobo, depicting César Chávez emerging from a corn stalk, and his arm has become a cob of corn.

image from:


Who was César Chávez?

"Mexican-American César Chávez (1927-1993) was a prominent union leader and labor organizer. Hardened by his early experience as a migrant worker, Chávez founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962. His union joined with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee in its first strike against grape growers in California, and the two organizations later merged to become the United Farm Workers. Stressing nonviolent methods, Chávez drew attention for his causes via boycotts, marches and hunger strikes. Despite conflicts with the Teamsters union and legal barriers, he was able to secure raises and improve conditions for farm workers in California, Texas, Arizona and Florida." (From César Chávez Facts & Summary)

Discover additional resources about César Chávez in the ISU Library collections here!

Your Librarian

Profile Photo
Lorrie Pellack
Head, Research Services Dept.
150c Parks Library
Ames, IA 50011-2140
Phone: 515-294-5569