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Frank Bardacke to speak Nov. 6 on “Trampling Out the Vintage”: his new book on Cesar Chavez and the UFW


Frank Bardacke will discuss his recently published book from Verso Press, Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers, at a celebration of its publication. The event will take place Sunday, Nov. 6, 3:00 P.M., at Heyday Books, 1633 University Ave, Berkeley.

From the invitation:

“Trampling out the Vintage” is a narrative history of the UFW, study of the work and world of California farm workers, and reappraisal of the conflicts that shaped the union’s trajectory. Here’s what initial reviews have said about it:

“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 farm workers 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, University of California, Santa Cruz

“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.

“There is 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, and 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, CounterPunch



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