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Grounds For DreamingMexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement$
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Lori A Flores

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300196962

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300196962.001.0001

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The Farmworker Movement in the Post-Bracero Era

The Farmworker Movement in the Post-Bracero Era

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(p.163) 6 The Farmworker Movement in the Post-Bracero Era
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Grounds For Dreaming
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Lori A. Flores

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300196962.003.0006

This chapter examines the farmworker movement in the Salinas Valley after the termination of the Bracero Program. It first considers the rise of Cesar Chavez and his United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) and the lawsuits filed by Salinas farmworkers with the help of the California Rural Legal Assistance. It then explores how the continued importation of braceros in what was supposed to be a post-bracero era affected Salinas's farmworkers, the majority of whom were Mexican Americans. It also discusses the legal actions and victories of Salinas farmworkers against growers who sought to continue importing braceros and prevent their employees from joining the UFWOC. These legal actions and victories, the chapter argues, were evidence of the farmworker movement's revival in the Salinas Valley.

Keywords:   farmworker movement, Salinas Valley, Bracero Program, Cesar Chavez, United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, lawsuits, farmworkers, California Rural Legal Assistance, braceros, Mexican Americans

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