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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

From John Beck at Michigan State University

Steve Ashby, a labor studies professor at the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, posted the following list of labor films available on the web. He made this for a workshop handout at the LAWCHA conference. What a wonderful service Steve has done for all of us.

Grand Army of Starvation, 1877 rail strikes, 10 minutes (picture quality is low)

1886 Haymarket. Excerpts from a PBS film on anarchism in America.
Part 1  (5 minutes)
Part 2  (5 minutes)
Part 3 – the trial  (5 minutes)

Homestead 1892  (history channel, 15 minutes)

Andrew Carnegie and the Homestead Strike, 5 minutes

Andrew Carnegie, the richest man in the world, PBS American Experience, 2 hours

Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, 8 minutes

Taylorism and Fordism, 8 minutes

1911 Triangle Fire YouTube 3 minutes

1911 Story of Us: Triangle, 7 minutes, YouTube

“Century of Women” on garment workers, 1909 strike, Triangle, 15 minutes

Bread and Roses 1912 strike, 6 minutes

Mother Jones, 9 minutes

Miles of Smiles: Years of Struggle, Pullman Porters, 3 minutes
Anti-racism excerpts from the film Matewan on 1920 miners’ strike, YouTube, 4 minutes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwEMIvDEFy4  (6 minute version but lower picture quality)

1932 veterans “bonus march,” newsreel, 3 minutes

1932 veterans bonus march, 3 parts, 10 minutes each

1934 San Francisco general strike, possibly PBS, 3 minutes
Also newsreel coverage:

1937, Flint, PBS, Walter Reuther and the Rise of the UAW, 15 minutes

With Babies and Banners, women and the 1937 auto sit-down strikes, 45 minutes

Union Maids, women in the 1930s labor struggles, 51 minutes

1937 Memorial Day Massacre, Chicago Republic Steel (10 minutes, YouTube, Illinois Labor History Society)

A Job at Ford’s, PBS Great Depression series, 50 minutes incl Ford hunger march

Mean Things Happening, PBS Great Depression series, 51 minutes, 1930s SFTU tenant farmers and steelworkers organizing

Other episodes in PBS documentary series on Great Depression
The Road to Rock Bottom, 53 mins, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGc8rNV3HNY
New York, New York, 53 mins, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5n4u4cF4Pg
We Have a Plan, California, 53 mins, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BcShxauDgk
To Be Somebody, civil rights, 53 mins, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdEHPaQ4li4
Arsenal of Democracy, WWII, 53 mins, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIJhGH2GNEY

AFL and CIO 1935 split, newsreel, 7 minutes
John L. Lewis speaking to Congress, newsreel, 4 minutes

1946 strike wave, newsreel, 6 minutes

1946 strike wave, 21 minutes

Seeing Red, film, part 1 –documentary on radicals and anti-communism with many interviews  10 minutes (entire film 11 parts on YouTube)

Salt of the Earth, feature length film, 1954

1968  “I am a man,” AFSCME,  (YouTube, 10 minutes)

Nixon Intervenes in 1970 Postal Strike, TV coverage, 8 minutes

The Story of OSHA, 29 minutes, OSHA documentary

1973 Harlan County strike, Harlan County USA, 80 minute film

ABC Nightline on 1980s union-busting, 8 minutes

1989 Pittston miners’ strike, 10 minutes  (civil disobedience)

Deadly Corn, 1992-95 Staley lockout, 25 minutes

Struggle in the Heartland, 1992-95 Staley lockout, 25 minutes

1997 Teamsters strike against UPS, produced by Teamsters, 8 minutes