How Far Had the Status of Hispanic and Native Americans Improved by the Late 1960s?

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How far had the status of Hispanic and Native Americans improved by the late 1960s? Black people were not the only racial minority that was discriminated in America. Both Hispanic and Native Americans were victims of discrimination and poverty, but inspired by black activists radicals from both communities became organised in the 1960s to fight for an equal America. There were several factors which affected both communities such as, poverty, lack of education and little opportunities for employment. Hispanic Americans predominantly worked in the farming industry within California, but were only employed seasonally during harvests. Therefore, average wage was only $1,378, which meant they usually lived low quality rented accommodation. One of the main reasons for Chicanos poverty was farming unions had no legal protection consequently it was hard to fight against the injustice. However, influential individuals such as, César Chávez the leader of the Community Service Organisation, National Farm Workers Association and later the United Farmers Workers was key is bringing about a change of Hispanic Americans status. The turning point came when the newly formed United Farm Workers launched its first big campaign in 1965 taking strike action involving over 10,000 farm workers. Chávez was greatly involved during the strikes and personally fasted for 25 days; this drew media attention and gained the support of Kennedy who was currently campaigning to the next American President. Strikes and boycotts were effective, but took time and first success and improved in Hispanic status was first evident in 1966 when the Schenley Vineyards agreed a fair contract with farm workers. Despite, this apparent success the major break through was the introduction of minimum wage, but this only came into effect in 1970. Native Americans did not enjoy the benefits of the post-war
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