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Author Thompson, Gabriel, author

Title America's social arsonist : Fred Ross and grassroots organizing in the twentieth century / Gabriel Thompson
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016]
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Contents Cover; America's Social Arsonist; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART ONE THE EDUCATION OF AN ORGANIZER (1910-1947); 1 All That You Do, Do with Your Might; 2 Dealing Firsthand with the Rotten System; 3 Witness to The Grapes of Wrath; 4 Doing Penance; 5 The Mexican Problem; 6 Red Ross; PART TWO ORGANIZING A MOVEMENT (1947-1963); 7 Viva Roybal; 8 Bloody Christmas; 9 Finding Cesar; 10 On the Road; 11 Growing Pains; 12 The Life and Death of the CSO; PART THREE ORGANIZER AS TEACHER (1964-1992)
13 Poverty Fiasco14 David vs. Goliath; 15 Don't Buy Grapes; 16 The Battle of the Butcher Paper; 17 Blind Spot; 18 The Forever Project; Appendix: Axioms for Organizers; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index
Summary "Raised by conservative parents who hoped he would "stay with his own kind," Fred Ross instead became one of the most influential community organizers in American history. His activism began alongside Dust Bowl migrants, where he managed the same labor camp that inspired John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. During World War II, Ross worked for the release of interned Japanese Americans, and after the war, he dedicated his life to building the political power of Latinos across California. Labor organizing in this country was forever changed when Ross knocked on the door of a young Cesar Chavez and encouraged him to become an organizer. Until now there has been no biography of Fred Ross, a man who believed a good organizer was supposed to fade into the crowd as others stepped forward. In America's Social Arsonist, Gabriel Thompson provides a full picture of this complicated and driven man, recovering a forgotten chapter of American history and providing vital lessons for organizers today."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Ross, Fred, 1910-1992.
Community Service Organization -- History.
Community activists -- California -- Biography.
Community organization -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Immigrants -- Civil rights -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520964179 (electronic bk.)
9780520964174 (electronic bk.)