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Strike!: The Farm Workers' Fight for Their Rights

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  32 reviews
In 1965, as the grapes in California’s Coachella Valley were ready to harvest, migrant Filipino American workers—who picked and readied the crop for shipping—negotiated a wage of $1.40 per hour, the same wage growers had agreed to pay guest workers from Mexico. But when the Filipino grape pickers moved north to Delano, in the Central Valley, and again asked for $1.40 an ho ...more
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Calkins Creek (first published 2014)
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Edward Sullivan
An outstanding history of the United Farm Workers (UFW) beginning with the action of a group of Filipino farm workers who walked off the California fields in 1965 under the leadership of Larry Itliong. Brimner thoroughly chronicles the rise of union and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez and the controversies surrounding him. A compelling narrative with great use of primary sources, photographs and other archival images. Accessible and attractively design. An exemplary work providing great insight ...more
This didn't have the verve or voice that I was hoping to engage in this topic that profiles Filipino Larry Itliong and Mexican Cesar Chavez in their fight for the rights of farm workers.

What it did well was help young readers understand the transient lifestyle being a migrant worker was and even harder if you had a family following the crops for little money. Likewise, Brimner shares that many Filipino workers were young men and because "interracial" marriage was banned, many stayed single their
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Text Features: Illustrations, maps, special font, headings, captions

Text Structures: This book follows the 1960s strikes in California in chronological order, but also discusses the cause and effects of the laws, immigration, and people’s choices. It is a combination of several text structures along with quotes in Spanish and English.

Strike! The Farm Workers’ Fig
Jamie Gregory
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Students and adults are sure to study the civil rights movement, but how about a similar, parallel struggle? This book examines the farm laborers' struggles and Chavez's pivotal role in the fight for farm workers' rights. I really enjoyed it because I didn't know much about it. Any history teacher should pick this one up! Great pictures and a great list of additional resources in the back. ...more
Brenda Kahn
Beautifully designed, plentiful black and white photographs and a compelling narrative illustrates the plight of the farm workers in the 1960s.
Sep 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: california, book-club
Interesting character study of the flawed hero Cesar Chavez and his mentor-turned partner-turned breakup with Filipino strike leader Itliong. I learned about how Chavez borrowed certain tactics from the Civil Rights movement: waiting out a situation to catch the unquestionable constitutional violation, then kicking the incident up the court system until the press catches wind. Significant landmark in the fact that this was the first consumer boycott based on labor disputes, which led to a good d ...more
Ms. Yingling
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Library copy

Brimner does such a great job with nonfiction books. After reading Brill's Dolores Huerta Stands Strong, I was very interested in the workers' rights movement in the mid twentieth century. This did not disappoint, and I'm glad to have it for students who are looking for History Day projects or who want to know more about the history of social activism.
Relying on primary and secondary sources, including interviews, FBI files and newspaper accounts, the author provides background to the long fight farm workers waged to be treated and paid fairly. Although it is partly the story of Cesar Chavez whose hunger strikes brought attention to this civil rights movement, it is also the story of Larry Itliong, a Filipino who immigrated to the United States and became involved in efforts to see that the farm laborers received higher wages. The book provid ...more
Kylee Vaske
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Intermediate Multicultural Book

Copyright Date: 2014

Target Audience: Intermediate Grades

Genre: Strike!: The Farm Workers' Fight for Their Rights is an Informational Nonfiction book because the text provides facts about one of the most important agricultural strikes in United States history, the Delano grape strike, which occurred in 1965 in Delano, California.

Questions from each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy:

Level 1 – Knowledge:

Before the Delano grape strike of 1965, how much money did the average p
Austin Bachtel
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Back in the 30’s and 40’s, you were lucky to get payed any more than $1.00 for an honest and hard working day. In the book Strike by Larry Dane Brimner, it explains how hard life was during and after the Great Depression for both growers and pickers out in the Central California grape valley. This book was interesting but also pretty confusing with all the different people that they talk about.

The book, Strike, by Larry Dane Brimner is based out in the California Central Valley during and after
Strike! The Farm Workers’ Fight for Their Rights by Larry Dane Brimner explores the complex history of farm workers movement. Like many works related to this topic, union leader César Chávez plays a central role in the story. The narrative traces the creation of the United Farm Workers union and the use of protest techniques such as boycotts along the way.[return][return]What makes this work of nonfiction for youth exceptional is its focus on the cultural, social, and political tensions of the t ...more
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, teen, maybes
This book is about the events leading up to and following the grape strike/boycott of the 1960's, which fought for farm workers' rights. I'd heard of Cesar Chavez but knew nothing of the grape strike or the other founding members of their United Farm Workers organization, like Larry Itliong. Keeping track of the various iterations of the organization and who was boycotting which grower wasn't always easy but the underlying message of everyone working together for the greater good made it worth i ...more
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The author has researched this topic through interviews, as well as print sources. In many cases, there were only relatives, children or widows of union organizers, who were still alive to interview. I appreciated that Brimner made sure to explain that the Filipino Americans were jut as important to the reforms as the Mexican Americans, but there is not as much documented about their contributions. The archival photos and images help to bring the story to life. (I enjoyed the editorial cartoons ...more
A Reader's Heaven
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

In the 1960s, while the United States was at war and racial tensions were boiling over, Filipino American workers were demanding fair wages and decent living conditions in California’s vineyards. When the workers walked out of the fields in September 1965, the great Delano grape strike began. Did the signing of labor contracts with growers in 1970 mean an end to the problems of American field laborers, or was
This was a fairly comprehensive view of farmworkers unionizing and creating change. The focus was predominantly on Cesar Chavez, but it was very interesting to learn about the role of the Filipino workers. I am not certain that I had ever learned of Larry Itliong and the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee before.The author tried to make sure to shed light on their work too.

The book had a great mix of text and photos. I liked the abundance of visuals. The text was sometimes a little dry,
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
First of all, this book is for young adults. There are a lot of simplifications and explanations that would be unnecessary for adults.

The format of the book feels like a cross between a text book, with sidebars of information, and a coffee table book, lots of large photographs and large print.

The writing was clear yet still would challenge young adult readers to advance their vocabulary. The way that topics are covered, leave a lot of room for critical thinking and discussion.

According to the a
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Strike!: The Farm Workers' Fight for Their Rights details the history of the farm workers struggle that started in California with the grape workers. These workers were generally migrants who travelled northward through California as the grape harvest came in. The Filipino and Chicano workers were not paid very much and their living conditions were deplorable. In the 1960s, two dynamic leaders started organizing the workers and trying to get them better working conditions. Cesar Chavez worked wi ...more
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2014
An account of the United Farm Workers of America's fight for fair wages and safe working conditions in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with a particular emphasis on Cesar Chavez and the Delano grape strike. This is a very balanced account of the numerous strikes taking place during that time; however, the writing style is not that engaging. Once again I had an issue with book's design. The purple and green pages look attractive if you are just thumbing through the book, but if you are actually r ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Many Filipinos immigrated to America with nothing but the American dream in their pocket. They envisioned education, justice, equality, and reward for hard work. The grape farmers in Delano, California in the mid 1900’s did not expect to be paid $1.20 per day, face xenophobia from Klan members, or to live in worker camps that felt like shantytowns. On September 8, 1965, Delano farmers traded their tools for picket signs to protest their conditions, sacrificing their livelihood for justice. Led b ...more
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent resource for study about civil rights and racism. The Filipino workers who participated in the Delano Grape Strike started the struggle for higher wages and better living condition for all farm laborers yet their story is often overshadowed by the work of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Thankfully, Brimner gives due credit to Filipinos as main characters in the struggle. Black and white photos show some of the thousands of workers who picketed work sites. Green and purple accents o ...more
Yoo Kyung Sung
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: notable-global
" Like Filipinos and other Asians, Mexicans and Mexican Americans, or Chicano, faced much of the same discrimination that hurt African Americans in the United States" (p.40)

Cesar Chavez has been the iconic figure for agriculture workers' fights in children's literature as Rosa Parks or Marin Luther King Jr. have been in the children's lit. The problem is that they are portrayed as if only iconic figures young people should learn about. This book has actual facts and narratives from documents. Th
Annie Oosterwyk
I deliberately chose to read this book after The Grapes of Wrath to see how it all turned out. Wow, many years of injustice followed. The growers continued to have the politicians and law in their pockets and might makes right wherever it can.
This was a detailed look at the process; time and effort, that went into the fight for farm workers' rights during the 60s and 70s. This fight is also connected to the fight for civil rights in the south and to the Vietnam protests.
Cesar Chavez followed th
Kel Munger
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The darker side of rural life, at least as experienced by California’s migrant farm workers, is brought to light for young readers in Larry Dane Brimmer’s Strike! The Farm Workers’ Fight for Their Rights.

Rich with photographs, this well-written history of the United Farm Workers movement includes biographical information on leaders Cesar Chávez and Dolores Huerta, as well as factual information about internal dissent and Chávez’s sometimes heavy-handed response to it.

(Full review on Lit/Rant: h
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very interesting. I learned a lot about the early efforts at organizing farm workers, the various factions and difficulties as well as the conditions workers faced. At times I found the various acronyms confusing and kept having to go back and re-read sections. It IS a confusing subject though and Brimner did a good job of clarifying what was happening.

If I wanted anything it was that I wished for a bit more about the various personalities involved in the movement.
Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was very interesting. I liked how it followed just one strike and hot the history of strikes across the nation. This allowed for deep coverage of the farm workers. Overall a great source and a great look into our past.
As an educational resource, it's good, but the writing style and design are not high-interest enough for recreational reading. Unless you've got a teen who is SUPER FASCINATED by worker's rights the history of the labor. ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, ya, history
It took me a little to get into the story of the strike of the farm workers, but as the book continues, I found myself more involved and interested. Plus it has a lot of correlations to the civil rights' movement. ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beautifully designed book. Very inviting!
Katherine Schmitt
Interesting, but the best part for me was the author's note at the end, where he really turned the discussion in a more complex direction that pulled me in. ...more
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Informative, and got my kids thinking about fairness and human rights from a new perspective. Some of it was a little over their heads, but well written for kids about 8 and up.
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Larry Dane Brimner is the recipient of the 2018 Robert F. Sibert Award for the most distinguished informational book for children for his title Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961. He is known for his well-researched, innovative, and award-winning nonfiction for young readers, and is the author of multiple acclaimed civil rights titles, including Strike!: The Farm Workers' Fight for Their Rights ...more

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