To March for Others
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To March for Others
The Black Freedom Struggle and the United Farm Workers

Lauren Araiza

264 pages | 6 x 9 | 14 illus.
Cloth 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4557-8 | $39.95s | £26.00 | Add to cart
Ebook 2013 | ISBN 978-0-8122-0883-2 | $39.95s | £26.00 | About | Add to cart
A volume in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series
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"A well-written, nuanced, and thought-provoking contribution. To March for Others joins a growing body of scholarship that looks at ethno-racial groups not only comparatively but relationally, and advances our understanding of the factors necessary for alliances across racial and other divides."—Shana Bernstein, author of Bridges of Reform: Interracial Civil Rights Activism in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles

"A solid and persuasive argument on the importance of pursuing multiracial politics of civil rights and economic justice simultaneously. To March for Others is at the cutting edge of work about black-brown coalitions."—Thomas Jackson, author of From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice

In 1966, members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, an African American civil rights group with Southern roots, joined Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers union on its 250-mile march from Delano to Sacramento, California, to protest the exploitation of agricultural workers. SNCC was not the only black organization to support the UFW: later on, the NAACP, the National Urban League, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Black Panther Party backed UFW strikes and boycotts against California agribusiness throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s.

To March for Others explores the reasons why black activists, who were committed to their own fight for equality during this period, crossed racial, socioeconomic, geographic, and ideological divides to align themselves with a union of predominantly Mexican American farm workers in rural California. Lauren Araiza considers the history, ideology, and political engagement of these five civil rights organizations, representing a broad spectrum of African American activism, and compares their attitudes and approaches to multiracial coalitions. Through their various relationships with the UFW, Araiza examines the dynamics of race, class, labor, and politics in twentieth-century freedom movements. The lessons in this eloquent and provocative study apply to a broader understanding of political and ethnic coalition building in the contemporary United States.

Lauren Araiza is Associate Professor of History at Denison University.

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