Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers (Hardcover)
The slogan Yes we can in the form Si Se Puede predates Obama's 2008 presidential campaign by more than four decades. It was the coinage of the United Farm Workers co-founder Cesar Chavez: a man who led his organization to many victories and secured collective bargaining rights for California farm workers. A charismatic leader who continues to inspire much controversy, Chavez built the United Farm Workers into a major force and a voice for the Mexican-American community, previously excluded from national politics.
About the Author
Frank Bardacke was active in the student and anti-war movements in Berkeley in the 1960s. He moved to California’s Central Coast in 1970, worked for six seasons in the Salinas Valley fields, and taught at Watsonville Adult School for twenty-five years. He is the author of Good Liberals and Great Blue Herons: Land, Labor and Politics in the Pajaro Valley and Trampling Out the Vintage, and a translator of Shadows of Tender Fury: The Letters and Communiqués of Subcomandante Marcos and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.
Praise for Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers…
“Frank Bardacke’s long-awaited masterpiece is the kind of book that comes along only once in a generation. Not only is the research spectacular and his analysis of the United Farm Workers as a social movement nuanced and compelling, but he finally places rank-and-file farmworkers at the center of the story as savvy and opinionated activists. Best of all, he’s a superb writer who’s constructed a gripping tale.” (Dana Frank, Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz )
“There’s so much marvelous stuff in Frank Bardacke’s book that’s simply not been done before. At the book’s core are the men and women who pick the crops in California’s fields and orchards, their skill and endurance, the world they built among themselves, the ways they shaped the history of the UFW. It is their story— refreshingly, sympathetically, and beautifully told—that makes this book stand apart and will make it stand forever.” (Alexander Cockburn, coauthor of Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs & the Press )
“A radically honest, uncompromising and often painful deconstruction of the legend of Cesar Chavez, Trampling Out the Vintage is one of the long-awaited books of our time. Bardacke’s account evokes the spirit of Steinbeck, resurrecting the true heroes of La Causa—the rank-and-file fieldworkers—and reminding us that the grapes of wrath still remain to be harvested for social justice.” (Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and CIty of Quartz )
“It is the human beings that come alive here—union officials, organizers and workers—with their foibles, rivalries, and triumphs. Cesar Chavez emerges as a hugely complex individual with a full range of all-too-human traits. An extraordinary book about an extraordinary movement and man, and a story as inspiring as it is tragic.” (Douglas Monroy, author of The Borders Within: Encounters between Mexico and the US )