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Cesear and Helen Chavez
Cesear Chavez and his wife, Helen

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Cesar Chavez Grows Up
Cesar's life growing up had a big impact on what he did with the rest of his life. In 1948, he married a woman who also was from a family of migrant farm workers. By 1959, the couple had eight children, and Chavez, who had little education and training, was forced to return to farm work. As before, life in the fields was harsh. Chavez decided he had to do something about it. He started to unite farm workers into a labor union. As a group they would try to get higher wages and better working conditions.
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