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La Causa: The Delano Grape Strike of 1965-1970

September 16, 2005 – January 3, 2006 (case)

Museum: American History Museum

Location: 2nd Floor, West Corridor

In 1965, Filipino and Mexican American farm workers in Delano, California, began a strike against area grape growers for equal wages for foreign workers. This historic strike lasted more than 5 years and resulted in contracts for more than 10,000 workers. It also launched the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) and made leader Cesar Chavez one of the most celebrated figures of the 20th century. This display features a UFW flag, posters, buttons, and a short-handled hoe used by a California farm laborer to mark the 40th anniversary of the strike.

See October 2005 Smithsonian magazine, pp.29-30