Lecture Description

The most famous Latinx-led food boycotts in U.S. and world history were the ones led by the United Farm Workers (UFW) headed by Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Larry Itliong. Representing mostly Mexican American farmworkers in California, the UFW captured national attention by conducting multiple and lengthy boycott campaigns against grapes, lettuce, and wine. Capitalizing on global and national hunger discourses of the era, the UFW emphasized that malnourishment and starvation could be found at home among farmworker populations as much as in the developing world. Organizers were dispersed to every region of the country, and the Northeast proved crucial for fundraising and keeping the union’s message in front of consumers. This lecture explores the UFW’s trajectory in the Northeast—not just in major cities like Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, but smaller towns in states like Maine, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

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Agricultural Labor and Working Class

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