Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


American Studies

Second Department

Hispanic Studies

Reader 1

Tomas Summers Sandoval

Reader 2

Rita Alcala

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This thesis examines the work of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) in the eastern Coachella Valley between 1965 and 1973. I reconstruct the major events that occurred in Coachella and argue that the valley's climate and diverse farm worker population contributed to a unique set of labor organizing experiences. These circumstances in Coachella affected the grape harvest and were key in both the success and demise of UFW efforts in Coachella.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.