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Chicano Farm Workers' Movement

The San Joaquin Valley of California is a major agricultural center. Its abundant harvests are enjoyed by many Americans unaware of the substandard working and living conditions endured by migrant workers who gather the crops. The many undocumented immigrants from Mexico included in the ranks of the farmworkers refrained from complaining and risking arrest and deportation. The children of these farmworkers were caught in a situation in which they could not get an adequate education, if they went to school at all; they were destined to remain in a cycle of poverty which their parents had come to America to escape.

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