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Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-272-9
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In 1965, as the grapes in California’s Coachella Valley were ready to harvest, migrant Filipino American workers—who picked and readied the crop for shipping—negotiated a wage of $1.40 per hour, the same wage growers had agreed to pay guest workers from Mexico. But when the Filipino grape pickers moved north to Delano, in the Central Valley, and again asked for $1.40 an hour, the growers refused. The ensuing conflict set off one of the longest and most successful strikes in American history. In Strike!, award-winning author Larry Dane Brimner dramatically captures that story. Brimner, a master researcher, fills this riveting account of the strike and its aftermath with the words of migrant workers, union organizers, and grape growers, as well as archival images that capture that first strike in 1965 and the ones that subsequently followed. Includes an author’s note, bibliography, and source notes.

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Larry Dane Brimner

Larry Dane Brimner is the award-winning author of a number of civil rights and social justice titles: We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin, winning the Jane Addams Book Award and the Norman A. Sugarman Children's Biography Award; Birmingham Sunday, which was a 2011 NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book and Teacher's Choice Award winner; and Black & White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene “Bull” Connor, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book (ALSC/ALA) and winner of the Carter G. Woodson Award (NCSS). He has also written Strike!: The Farm Workers’ Fight for their Rights, an Orbis Pictus Recommended Book (NCTE) and a Notable Book for a Global Society (IRA), and many more. 

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