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.
"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
|6 - 9
|Carmen Tafolla, Sharyll Teneyuca
|Apr 1, 2008
|English, Spanish / English