Portrait of a farmworker leader


Cesar Estrada Chavez was born into a farming family on March 31, 1927 near Yuma, Arizona. In 1938, the family lost their small farm and they moved to California, where Chavez worked in the fields. Outraged by inappropriate labor and living conditions, Chavez devoted his life to reform and activism. His successes include the creation of the first powerful union for farm workers (the United Farm Workers), the signing of the first agricultural worker agreements, and passage of the Agricultural Labor Relations Act.


New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, (1966). Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-111017].