FIRST EDITION OF CESAR CHAVEZ, INSCRIBED BY CESAR CHAVEZ
(CHAVEZ, Cesar) LEVY, Jacques E. Cesar Chavez. Autobiography of La Causa. New York: W.W. Norton, (1975). Octavo, original red cloth, original dust jacket. $850.
First edition of this biography of the famous labor activist, inscribed on the half-title: "To Finny, best wishes, Cesar Chavez. 8/31/86."
An "exceptionally interesting and intimate oral history… Against a background of motels and all-night cafés and strikes, the high relief in which the characters stand out is truly fascinating. Jacques Levy's biography of Chavez has unforgettable descriptive passages and fine photographs" (The Nation). "In his sixty-six years César Chávez succeeded on many levels. His greatest concern was improving the conditions of men, women, and children who worked in the fields—a life he had shared. Whether or not one agreed with his views, as a result of his commitment a nation became aware of the plight of Mexican-heritage field workers. Not only were wages raised but work conditions improved… Chávez also inspired the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s. Politicized by la causa, the farm workers' cause, el movimiento mobilized farm worker families, middle-class Latino organizations, Mexican-American high school and college students, and activist Chicanas to demand their rights and embrace a new sense of cultural pride. Through his message of nonviolence, fairness, and respect, Chávez also reached beyond the Mexican-American community, the second largest minority in the United States, to involve middle-class Anglos and other races in a cross-class and cross-race alliance for social justice. Recognizing the significance of Chávez as a leader of the Mexican-American community and as a national advocate for peaceful social change, President William Clinton presented the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, posthumously to his widow, Helen Chávez, in 1994" (ANB).
Book about-fine, dust jacket extremely good with light wear and a few closed tears to edges and tape repairs along verso edges. A desirable inscribed copy.