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That's Not Fair! Emma Tenayuca's Struggle for Justice / ¡No Es Justo! La lucha de Emma Tenayuca por la justicia

Emma Tenayuca grew up living a comfortable life in 1920s San Antonio, but she couldn't help but notice how different her life was from other Mexican-American families. Many Mexican Americans were starving to death and working long hours at slave wages in the city's pecan-shelling factories. Emma knew she had to do something to help — but what could she do?

Then, when she was 21, the pecan shellers' wages were cut even further — from six cents an hour to only three. Emma couldn't take it any more. She led a strike by 12,000 pecan factory workers — the first significant historical action in the Mexican-American struggle for justice. Emma Tenayuca's story serves as a model for young and old alike about courage, compassion, and the role everyone can play in making the world more fair.

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"In an afterword, which includes photographs of Tenayuca, the rest of her story is related: jailed many times, forced to move, she eventually worked her way through college and returned later to San Francisco as a reading teacher for migrant children. Ybáñez's striking illustrations, framed by pecan-tree branches, are reflective of traditional Mexican mural art, with bold colors and simple shapes. An important book celebrating the struggle for justice and civil rights." — Lee Bock, School Library Journal

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Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Carmen Tafolla, Sharyll Teneyuca
Illustrator Terry Ybanez
ISBN 0916727335
Publication Date Apr 1, 2008
Publisher Wings Press
Language English, Spanish / English