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1933 Chicago Teachers Walkout: That Time Teachers Rioted With Textbooks and Rulers

9/13/2018
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American Federation of Teachers archivist Dan Golodner tells guest host Bart Bealmear about the 1933 Chicago Teachers Walkout, when Chicago teachers joined together to demand that they be paid in actual money and on time, rather than in scrip that wasn’t honored by local businesses and banks during the Great Depression. Paid only nine times … Continue reading 1933 Chicago Teachers Walkout: That Time Teachers Rioted With Textbooks and Rulers →

Duration:00:28:34

Assembly Line Housing: Walter P. Reuther, George Romney, and Operation Breakthrough – Part 2

8/23/2018
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In the second of a two-part series, Dr. Kristin M. Szylvian explains how racial segregation and the fear of declining property values ultimately scuttled Operation Breakthrough, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Program early in the Nixon administration to use union-made manufactured housing to create racially- and economically-integrated housing communities throughout the country. … Continue reading Assembly Line Housing: Walter P. Reuther, George Romney, and Operation...

Duration:00:28:36

Assembly Line Housing: Walter P. Reuther, George Romney, and Operation Breakthrough – Part 1

8/9/2018
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In the first of a two-part series, Dr. Kristin Szylvian explains the role of the American labor movement, and UAW president Walter Reuther in particular, in lobbying for and shaping fair housing programs and legislation in Detroit and nationally after the Second World War. That influence paved the way for an unlikely alliance in the … Continue reading Assembly Line Housing: Walter P. Reuther, George Romney, and Operation Breakthrough – Part 1 →

Duration:00:28:27

I Am A Man: Photographer Richard Copley Recalls His First Assignment, 50 Years After the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike

7/26/2018
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AFSCME archivist Stefanie Caloia shares photographer Richard Copley’s story of his very first and what he considers his most important assignment covering the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike and, ultimately, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and memorial march. Related Collections AFSCME Local 1733 Records AFSCME Office of the President: Jerry Wurf Records 1968 Sanitation … Continue reading I Am A Man: Photographer Richard Copley Recalls His First Assignment, 50 Years...

Duration:00:17:38

Jessica Levy on “Black Power, Inc.: Global American Business and the Post-Apartheid City”

7/11/2018
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Jessica Levy explains how American corporations and black entrepreneurs worked together to forge a new politics linking American business with black liberation at home and abroad, focusing particularly on Leon Howard Sullivan, a civil rights leader and board member of General Motors who used his position to influence American corporate anti-apartheid actions. Levy is a … Continue reading Jessica Levy on “Black Power, Inc.: Global American Business and the Post-Apartheid City” →

Duration:00:27:37

American Labor’s Anti-Apartheid Movement and Nelson Mandela’s 1990 U.S. Tour

6/28/2018
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Meghan Courtney, Reuther Library archivist, discusses Nelson Mandela’s 1990 visit to the U.S. as well as his long-term relationship with the American Labor Movement during his time in prison and after his release. Mandela’s 12 day, 8 city fundraising tour in June 1990 took place just months after his release from 27 years in a … Continue reading American Labor’s Anti-Apartheid Movement and Nelson Mandela’s 1990 U.S. Tour →

Duration:00:32:05

Julia Gunn on Civil Rights Anti-Unionism: Charlotte and the Remaking of Anti-Labor Politics in the Modern South

6/14/2018
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Dr. Julia Gunn explains how progressive civil rights politics enabled Charlotte, North Carolina, to become the nation’s second-largest largest financial capital while obscuring its intransigence towards working-class protest, including public sector sanitation workers, bus drivers, firefighters, and domestic workers. Gunn is a Critical Writing Fellow in History at the University of Pennsylvania. Gunn’s research visit … Continue reading Julia Gunn on Civil Rights Anti-Unionism: Charlotte...

Duration:00:26:49

Dawn Mabalon on UFW labor organizer Larry Itliong – Part 2

5/31/2018
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In part 2 of our interview with Dawn Mabalon, she explains how her personal and familial interests influenced her research on the life and work of United Farm Workers labor organizer Larry Itliong, as well as her forthcoming children’s book, Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong. Dr. Mabalon is an Associate Professor at … Continue reading Dawn Mabalon on UFW labor organizer Larry Itliong – Part 2 →

Duration:00:19:46

Dawn Mabalon on UFW labor organizer Larry Itliong – Part 1

5/21/2018
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In this inaugural episode of Tales from the Reuther Library, Dawn Mabalon, an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University, shares her research on the life and work of Larry Itliong, a Filipino leader of California’s farm labor movement. She explains to Reuther archivist Dan Golodner the relationship between Filipino and Mexican farm workers, reframing … Continue reading Dawn Mabalon on UFW labor organizer Larry Itliong – Part 1 →

Duration:00:37:20