What Were the Tactics of Cesar Chavez and to What Degree Were They Successful?

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What were the tactics of Cesar Chavez and to what degree were they successful?
Cesar Chavez was an American farm worker labor who was a leader and civil rights activist. Later, in 1962, Chávez founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), later renamed the United Farm Workers (UFW), which became the voice of migrant farm workers throughout the United States. Cesar Chavez tactics were successful because his childhood experiences with discrimination made him get the courage to fight for their rights; besides he became passionate about improving the way of life for farm workers and for his people; additionally he also used nonviolence tactics, for example boycotts and strikes, nevertheless when the California Senate considered a bill
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In 1952, while Chávez worked in California, Fred Ross recruited him to be part of the Community Service Organization. Through the CSO, Chávez helped Latinos register to vote and to advocate for the civil rights of Latino Americans indeed by working for the CSO, he gained valuable skills as a community organizer and leader. In 1962, Chávez founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), later renamed United Farm Workers (UFW) indeed by founding UFW; Chávez encouraged his dedication to promote the racial equality and dignity of farm workers at the same time workers had few resources to help them stand up for their civil rights and especially feared risking the loss of their jobs. Though farm work was poorly paid and dangerous to the health, in many migrant families, men, women and children all worked in the fields to ensure the survival of the family. Organizing the UFW was difficult due to the transient lives of the workers. They endured long working hours in harsh conditions for meager wages and had little time for activities outside of work. However, in 1965, Chávez and the NFWA joined a group of Filipino farm workers and began a boycott that lasted five years against the Delano, California grape growers. In fact, throughout the 1960s and 70s, Chávez led many boycotts against grape growers. In 1966, he negotiated his first union contract with Schenley Vineyards. During 1967-70, the

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