Sorry I did a double take after going through this blog of yours and then realized I like it so much, and more important than that; it’s a great tribute to the men and women of that era who really helped all of us in so many ways being those people with real Moxie and God in their hearts! If not for them we could have all been living under a world dictatorship or total communism! Thank you to them and you for posting this!
I remember studying this topic back in high school but then much more extensively later in College! Those sometimes referred to as good old days were really some very tough and damn hard days for the working class folks; and many took serious lumps in more ways than one! The old timers I’ve talked to over the years used to tell me they grew up very fast and learned to get tough or you wouldn’t last long but they did appreciate every little thing they had and even hand me down shoes; then the Big War came and they had to get even way tougher; some relatives of mine fudging paper documents and joining the military at 16 to go fight a war!
My hat is always off to all those men and women who took it on the chin at home and then over in foreign lands fighting and dying! Very sad and so unfair; actually cruel when I ponder this! Many came back from the war and never talked about it but went right to work and raised their families! The ruling class or the haves of the have not’s, have always been cruel; for the most part! John F. Kennedy who went through all that even being hurt badly in the war commanding his PT Boat which I think gave him more compassion for the common man; later when he was president he was actually working to make things a lot more fair and square for folks even cleaning up union corruption; we know what the power players did to him!
Plutocracy V: Subterranean Fire
Directed by Scott Noble (2017)
This documentary provides a comprehensive labor history of the United States, involving the most violent history of union repression in the world.
Largely owing to inhuman pay and working conditions, American workers first attempted to organization soon after the birth of large scale industrialization in the US. Prior to the passage of Roosevelt’s National Labor Relations Act, most worker strikes were suppressed violently by the National Guard, the US Army or private armies hired by factory owners.
The initial era of radical unionizing (1870-1914) abated with World War I and brutal government repression via the Red Scare and Palmer Raids. (1) Despite massive profits Wall Street businesses amassed during the so-called “Roaring” Twenties, more than 60% of US families were earning less than $2,000 a year (with $2,500 the minimum income necessary for a family four).
With the 1929…
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