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Jessie De La Cruz: A Profile of a United Farm Worker

Jessie De La Cruz: A Profile of a United Farm Worker Gary Soto

The remarkable story of the UFW's first woman organizer, eloquently written for young adults. Here is the life story of a remarkable woman, a farm worker who walked the fields of the San Joaquin Valley for nearly half a century, sensitively told by one of America's most eloquent writers. In this clear and moving narrative, enhanced by photographs of the period, Jessie De La Cruz comes to life. Her feelings and experiences are captured against the background of the Depression and the civil rights and labor movements. For those loosing for inspiration, who wish to do big things, Jessie is living proof that it can be done.

Praise for the Book

"Chicano writer Soto (who worked in the fields in high school and college) has written [De La Cruz's] biography, based on personal interviews...teens will be caught by the facts of her hardship and struggle." — Booklist

"While unapologetically devoted to his subject, the author effectively personalizes the struggle of farmworkers in a manner that will enable students to understand and care about their triumphs." — School Library Journal

About the Author:
Gary Soto is a beloved and award-winning author of novels, poems and essays. He teaches writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Paperback / $9.95 (Can. $11.00) / ISBN 978-0-892-55285-6 / 128 pages / Young Adult Nonfiction (Ages 12+)

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