César Chávez: Wrath of Grapes Speech

(1986)

Glossary

  • agribusiness the entire complex of large corporations involved in agriculture
  • DDT a pesticide, developed in 1874, whose effect on the environment led to its banning in the United States during the 1970s
  • mustard gas various highly dangerous sulfur compounds used (most notoriously in World War I) as a lethal form of chemical warfare and so named because it is said to smell like horseradish or mustard
  • mutations changes in genetic information, including those caused by exposure to particular chemical compounds
  • nerve gas various chemical weapons that interrupt communication between nerves and organs in the human body, bringing about convulsions and eventual suffocation
  • residual accumulated as a residue, or a portion left over after its original source has vanished
  • Wrath of Grapes a name that plays on that of John Steinbeck’s book The Grapes of Wrath, a highly influential 1939 novel about migrant laborers in California