The acclaimed young adult biography of the UFW's first female organizer.This inspiring story of Jessie De La Cruz, the United Farmer Workers, and la Causa is told as only Gary Soto—novelist, essayist, poet, and himself a field laborer during his teens—can tell it, with respect, empathy, and deep compassion for the working poor.
A field worker from the age of five, Jessie knew poverty, harsh working conditions, and the exploitation of Mexicans and all poor people. Her response was to take a stand. She joined the fledgling United Farm Workers union and, at Cesar Chavez's request, became its first woman recruiter. She also participated in strikes, helped ban the crippling short-handle hoe, became a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, testified before the Senate, and met with the Pope.
Jessie's life story personalizes an historical movement and shows teens how an ordinary woman became extraordinary through her will to make change happen, not just for herself but for others.
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|File size:||3 MB|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Gary Soto, author of books for children, young adults, and adults, lives in Berkeley, California. His best-selling fiction includes Baseball in April and Buried Onions.
Table of Contents
|Map of California||2|
|Chapter 1||Hurtful Beginnings||3|
|Chapter 2||Between the Rows||18|
|Chapter 3||Family of Her Own||29|
|Chapter 4||Hearing the Call of la Causa||42|
|Chapter 5||Speaking Out||66|
|Chapter 6||For the People||77|
|Chapter 7||A Farm of Their Own||83|
|Chapter 8||Jessie Today||99|
|Appendix||Will the Family Farm Survive in America? Congressional Testimony of Jessie De La Cruz||105|
|Bibliography and Acknowledgments||114|
What People are Saying About This
I was so deeply moved by this portrait of a true American heroine.
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Jessie de la Cruz: A Profile of a United Farm Worker based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This is an outstanding portrayal of an amazing woman, why have we never heard of her before? Soto does an outstanding job of tracing Jessie's life and realistically tracing her accomplishments and triumphs as well as her set backs and disappointments. How can anyone do so much in so little time? We always hear of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, yet this woman has never come into view! Now we can learn all about her, thanks to Soto. This will be a best seller for sure. I think it is written for school age students but as an adult I marveled at its quality. Soto gives her the respect she deserves.