Interdisciplinary course concentrating on one or more aspects of the Chicano experience.
CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, RHETORICAL DISCOURSE, AND THE MOVEMENT TO ORGANIZE FARM WORKERS
This course analyzes the career of César Chávez and the effort to unionize farm workers in the Southwest and the Pacific Northwest. The class focuses on the history of Chávez’s farmworker movement, its significance in the socio-political development of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, and its present day legacy. The course uses historical and social science research methods along with rhetorical theory and criticism to analyze this important period of social history.
The class will be team-taught by Erasmo Gamboa, whose research, writing and teaching have concentrated on the history of Mexican Americans in the Northwest, particularly in relation to labor, and John Hammerback, whose research, writing, and teaching have included a focus on the careers and rhetorical methods and effects of Chávez and other Mexican American leaders.
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