Democracy In The Fields
On June 6, 1975, California Gov. Jerry Brown set in motion a great experiment. He signed a historic law that gave farmworkers unprecedented rights and protections. No other state allowed farmworkers to petition for secret-ballot elections and vote to join the union of their choice. This is the story of the months leading up to the first elections in the fields of the Salinas Valley. That bold experiment changed the lives of thousands of farmworkers, and the lives of their children. This is their story, in pictures, and in their own words. Mimi Plumb's photos documented the 1975 journey of Cesar Chavez and his followers walking from the Mexican border to California's Central Valley demanding better wages and working conditions for agricultural workers.