The United Farm Workers Union and the Use of the Boycott Against American Agribusiness

  • Lori A. FloresEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Critical Studies of Antisemitism and Racism book series (PCSAR)


This chapter addresses how agricultural laborers in the civil rights-era United States organized—under the United Farm Workers (UFW) union—successful national consumer boycotts of grapes and lettuce. Alongside labor strikes, these boycotts helped agricultural workers make advances in their rights and conditions of work. The UFW campaigns remain significant in the histories of US Latinos, labor, and global boycotts for their strategic use of civil rights and family-centered rhetoric to galvanize support from food shoppers, for remaining flexible enough to embrace a diverse range of allies, and for bringing the US agricultural industry to the negotiating table in a way that Americans had never seen before, and have not seen since.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stony Brook University (State University of New York)Stony BrookUSA

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