Fred Ross Sr. was arguably the 20th century’s greatest community organizer. Ross trained Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, created the template for current Latino voter registration and election turnout drives, and inspired countless young people to dedicate their lives to social change.
Despite Ross’ legacy, Gabriel Thompson’s, Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century, is the first biography about the man. I wrote a review for Social Policy magazine for its April issue which highlights the relevance of Ross’s work to today’s movements and the ongoing challenges of organizing.
If you are not already convinced to read the book based on your knowledge of Ross, my review—-reached by clicking on the book title above- will hopefully do the trick.Filed under: Book Reviews