In honor of the upcoming César Chávez Day of Remembrance, the Clark Library invites you to explore our books and DVDs. As a starting point, the items listed below are on the display shelves next to the Service Desk and available for checkout.
Our collection has more about this key figure in U.S. history, including streaming video and eBooks that can be viewed any time with your mobile device or computer. See what else we have about César Chávez and the Farm Workers Movement he founded.
The Rhetorical Career of Cesar Chavez, John C. Hammerback
Chavez was an indefatigable speaker, writer, and non-discursive communicator who developed a well-thought-out approach to his rhetorical discourse and placed his speaking and writing at the center of his career. Hammerback and Jensen reveal that Chavez’s worldview motivated him to work so tirelessly and directed him to the particular rhetorical qualities and techniques that characterized his discourse. The authors also demonstrate Chavez’s surprising effectiveness as a rhetor despite his soft-spoken style, uncharacteristic of most powerful orators.
Note: This is an eBook. The most comprehensive history ever written on the meteoric rise and precipitous decline of the United Farm Workers, the most successful farm labor union in United States history. Based on little-known sources and one-of-a-kind oral histories with many veterans of the farm worker movement, this book revises much of what we know about the UFW.
Note: This is an eBook. In the summer of 1968 Peter Matthiessen met Cesar Chavez for the first time. They were the same age: forty-one. Matthiessen lived in New York City, while Chavez lived in the Central Valley farm town of Delano, where the grape strike was unfolding. This book is Matthiessen’s panoramic yet finely detailed account of the three years he spent working and traveling with, including to Sal Si Puedes, the San Jose barrio where Chavez began his organizing. Matthiessen provides a candid look into the many sides of this enigmatic and charismatic leader who lived by the laws of nonviolence.
Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence, Jose-Antonio Orosco
Cesar Chavez has long been heralded for his personal practice of nonviolent resistance in struggles against social, racial, and labor injustices. However, the words of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. have long overshadowed Chavez’s contributions to the theory of nonviolence. The author seeks to elevate Chavez as an original thinker, providing an analysis of what Chavez called “the common sense of nonviolence.”
The Words of Cesar Chavez, Richard Jensen
A collection of speeches and writings by the Mexican American labor activist and head of the United Farm Workers.
The Moral Vision of Cesar Chavez, Frederick John Dalton
A moving story of why and how Cesar Chavez struggled for justice for farm workers and left an indelible mark on the struggle for human dignity.
Something special happened when Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez met. Together, they fought for the rights of countless farmworkers. Side by side, inspiring hope, they changed history.
Cesar: Si, Se Puede! Yes, We Can!, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
Stylized illustrations by a Caldecott Medalist accompany lyrical prose and poems in this celebration of the life of Cesar Chavez. This thoughtful and beautiful biography illuminates not only the events that made up the great labor leader’s life, but also the ideals and inspiration that are his legacy.
Written by a Franciscan priest who was involved with the grape worker strike. He provides a firsthand account and advocates for the Church to support the movement.
Chavez and the Farm Workers, Ronald B. Taylor
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, Kathleen Krull
A biography of Cesar Chavez, from age ten when he and his family lived happily on their Arizona ranch, to age thirty-eight when he led a peaceful protest against California migrant workers’ miserable working conditions.
Mexican American Religions: Spirituality, Activism, and Culture, Gaston Espinosa
Includes the chapter, “Holy activist, secular saint: religion and the social activism of César Chávez.”