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Meet Amazing Americans Activists & Reformers Cesar Chavez
Farm worker children in front of a sign for a government migrant worker community
During the 1940s, many migrant farm worker families lived in government-sponsored camps as they moved from place to place

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Cesar Chavez Grows Up
Working conditions for migrant workers were harsh and often unsafe. Their wages were low, and it was difficult to support a family. Cesar's family frequently did not have access to basic needs such as clean water or toilets. Because a large number of migrant workers were Mexican American, they also often faced prejudice, and their children had to skip school to earn wages to help support the family.

Cesar Chavez attended about 30 schools in California as his family moved from place to place to find work. After the eighth grade Cesar had to quit school to support his ailing parents. Have you ever had to change schools because your family moved? Can you imagine what it would be like to have to do this 30 times?

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