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Cesar Chavez, the Catholic bishops, and the farmworkers' struggle for social justice.


Cesar Chavez, the Catholic bishops, and the farmworkers' struggle for social justice.

Prouty, Marco G.

U. of Arizona Press


185 pages




The small war was fought in the fields, in the markets and on the dinner tables of America. The Delano Grape Strike of 1965-1970 was a mix of culture, strategy, and soul-searching that culminated in a divided Church in a divided nation. Diplomat Prouty makes good use of newly-discovered materials from the archives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and exposes the debates that flared before the Church announced its support for Cesar Chavez and the farmworkers at the later strike over the lettuce fields. He covers the roots of the conflict between growers and workers, the rise of Chavez, the culture of the farm valley that included both Catholic workers and growers, Chavez's appeals to the Church, the slow approach of the bishops' ad-hoc committee toward a response, the impact of their support on the farmworkers and others in the valley, and the eventual collapse of "/la causa." Prouty provides period photographs.

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Date:Nov 1, 2006
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