Fred Ross: America's Social Arsonist

Social Arsonist Fred Ross dedicated his life to building the political power of Latin Americans. Ross lit the spark that impassioned Cesar Chavez.

Raised by conservative parents who hoped he would “stay with his own kind,” Fred Ross instead became one of the most influential community organizers in American history. His activism began alongside Dust Bowl migrants, where he managed the same labor camp that inspired John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.
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