Instructional Video

Cesar Chavez Labor Leader and Civil Rights Activist Video

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Long hours, no restrooms, and low pay were all part of the life of migrant farm workers before the work of union leader Cesar Chavez. The video describes the life of Chavez and his family working in the fields of California. It also shows Chavez as an activist for migrant farm workers, leading the labor union, and marching for labor protections. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Pair the video with a lesson on civil rights leaders
  • Have pupils write news articles discussing the success of Cesar Chavez's labor movement
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a free PBS account
  • The video uses primary sources
  • It's easy to pair the video with different lesson topics, such as labor unions and Hispanic-American history 
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