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César Chávez (1927–1993) was an American labor organizer who cofounded the National Farm Workers Association. Born to Mexican American migrant laborer parents, Chávez’s youth was spent working harvests with his family through California and Arizona. He served in the US Navy for two years during World War II before returning to migrant work. Chávez first became involved with labor activism as an organizer for Saul Alinsky’s Community Services Organization (CSO) in the 1950s. By 1958, he was the director of the CSO. He resigned four years...
Glossary Term – Place
Until 1821, Spain ruled the area that now includes the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. Spanish explorers, priests, and soldiers had first entered the area in the early sixteenth century, half a century before the first English colonists arrived at Jamestown. Spain left a lasting cultural imprint on the region.
Michael F. Holt is the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of History and chair of the history department at the University of Virginia. The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party presents the first full-scale history of the American Whig Party and shows how the Whig Party struggled unsuccessfully to achieve a compromise between North and South.