Flag. Description: Huelga Flag. No pole. "Huelga. UFW AFL-CIO." From the History Information Station: Object: Red "Huelga" banner with white medallion in center. History: During the 1920s, California's Mexican farm workers began to organize. During the 1930s they engaged in several large strikes, including the Los Angeles orange strike of 1936 and the Stockton cannery strike of 1937. Management solidarity, strike-breaking, use of the legal system, and the arrival of new workers from the southwestern states, all converged to destroy these attempts at organization, however. In 1964, a strike against farmers in the southern San Joaquin Valley brought Cesar Chavez to prominence. Chavez' organization, the United Farm Workers, has used a mixture of community service and Gandhian principles of nonviolence to generate support for his union and its actions for improved working conditions. "Huelga" is a Spanish word for "strike." Museum Purchase

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This artifiact is part of the OMCA's Picture This website. More about the context and history of this artifacts is available at Picture This

About the Picture This web project: California's Perspectives on American History is a resource for teachers and students to learn about the experiences of diverse peoples of California by using primary source images from the Oakland Museum of California's collections. Organized into eleven time periods spanning from pre-1769 to the present, more than 300 photographs, drawings, posters, and prints tell stories from the perspectives of different ethnic groups. Historical contexts are provided to offer a framework of California's role in relation to American history.

The National Archives state that primary sources, "fascinate students because they are real and they are personal: history is humanized through them." Picture This invites students to examine the historical record, encouraging them to connect history with real people and explore how images tell stories and convey historical evidence about the human experience. History becomes more than just a series of facts, dates, and events.      

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