Cesar Chavez: Labor Leader and Civil Rights Activist | PBS LearningMedia

How do you lead a group of people toward a common goal? Introduce students to labor leader Cesar Chavez, who organized a movement in support of migrant farm workers.

Ignite your students’ curiosity with this fantastic classroom resource on PBS LearningMedia!

Cesar Chavez | Labor Leader and Civil Rights Activist Video

Grades 3-8
Migrant farm workers in the United States were exploited routinely by the agricultural industry, which forced them to work in unsafe conditions for little pay. They had no political representation or advocates until Cesar Chavez established the United Farm Workers, the first successful union for farm laborers. Students will watch a short video and examine two primary sources in order to understand how Chavez was able to successfully organize a movement among some of America’s poorest and most oppressed workers.

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