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Meet Amazing Americans Activists & Reformers Cesar Chavez
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Cesar Chavez struggled to improve the working conditions of farmworkers, such as these young female carrot pickers.

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Cesar Chavez Organizes Agricultural Workers
Cesar Chavez spent most of his life working on farms in California, where pay was low and comforts were few. He wanted to improve the situation, so in the 1950s, he started organizing agricultural workers into a labor union that would demand higher pay and better working conditions from their employers. In 1962, Chavez and fellow organizer Dolores Huerta founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA).
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