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The words of César Chávez
Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
College Station : Texas A & M University Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxviii, 199 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Complements the editors' earlier study, The rhetorical career of César Chávez.
César Chávez talks about organizing and about the history of the NFWA, December 1965 -- Sacramento March Letter, March 1966 -- Plan of Delano (English and Spanish versions), 1966 -- Chávez speech at solidarity house, April 1, 1967 -- César Chávez talks in New York, 1968 -- Good Friday letter, 1969 -- Testimony before the subcommittee of labor of the Senate Subcommittee on Labor and Public Welfare, April 16, 1969 -- Chávez at Austin, Texas, February 6, 1971 -- Speech at Exposition Park, May 2, 1971 -- César Chávez on money and organizing, October 4, 1971 -- Chávez at the University of Santa Clara, October 26, 1972 -- Speech in Coachella, 1973 -- Speech at Convention of International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Los Angeles, June 1974 -- Nomination address for Governor Jerry Brown, Democratic National Convention, July 14, 1976 -- César Chávez goes home, June 25, 1978 -- Martin Luther King, Jr.: he showed us the way, April 1978 -- Summary of the president's address to the Texas organizing convocation, Pharr, Texas, February 25, 1979 -- Notes for Speech to the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, 1981 -- Notes for speech to graduating negotiations class, 1982 -- Address to the UFW's 7th Constitutional Convention, September 1984 -- Address to the commonwealth club of San Francisco, November 9, 1984 -- Speech to the Los Angeles County Chicano Employee Association, October 25, 1985 -- Wrath of grapes boycott speech, 1986 -- United Farm Workers of America: pecan workers speech, Arizona, 1987 (English and Spanish versions) -- Speech at Pacific Lutheran University, March 1989 -- Statement from César Chávez, Sacramento, April 3, 1991 -- Address before the building industry association of northern California, San Jose, November 21, 1991 -- Speech ending fast, March 10, 1968 -- Statement by César Chávez at the end of his twenty-four-day fast for justice, Phoenix, Arizona, June 4, 1972 -- Statement ending fast, Delano, California, August 21, 1988 -- Eulogy for Juana Estrada Chávez, San Jose, California, December 18, 1991 -- Eulogy for Fred Ross, San Francisco, October 17, 1992 -- Eulogy for Nan Freeman, 1972 -- Eulogy for Juan de la Cruz, Arvin, California, August 21, 1973 -- Eulogy for Rufino Contreras, Calexico, California, February 14, 1979 -- Eulogy for Rene López, Fresno, California, September 1983.

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C#65533;sar Ch#65533;vez's relentless campaign for social justice for farm workers and laborers in the United States marked a milestone in U.S. history. Through his powerful rhetoric and impassioned calls to action, Ch#65533;vez transformed as well as persuaded and inspired his audiences.

In this first published anthology, Richard J. Jensen and John C. Hammerback present Ch#65533;vez in his own terms. Through this collection and through his own words and analysis of his major speeches and writings, Jensen and Hammerback reveal the rhetorical qualities and underlying rhetorical dynamics of a master communicator and also offer a rich source of the history of the farm workers' movement Ch#65533;vez led from the early 1960s to his death in 1993.

Each chapter features a clear introductory section that helps the reader focus on the highlights that won Ch#65533;vez a reputation as an effective communicator. The editors explain the sources of Ch#65533;vez's motivation to campaign for farm workers, his selection of characteristic and signature rhetorical elements, and the success of specific campaigns and his overall career.

The Words of C#65533;sar Ch#65533;vez offers an important new resource for scholars of public discourse, Chicano studies, and C#65533;sar Ch#65533;vez himself. It complements the editors' earlier study, The Rhetorical Career of C#65533;sar Ch#65533;vez , by providing the primary materials for that rhetorical profile of Ch#65533;vez. Through his own words, Jensen and Hammerback present Ch#65533;vez doing what he did best: teaching and influencing audiences who would enact his agenda to create a new and better world.

Author Notes

RICHARD J. JENSEN, an emeritus professor of communication at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is the coeditor or coauthor of two previous books published by Texas A&M University Press, both on the rhetoric of C#65533;sar Ch#65533;vez. Jensen holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University.

JOHN C. HAMMERBACK, a professor at California State University, Hayward, who teaches in the department of mass communication, earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University.