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1940s

Images from the South-St. Paul CIO-United Packinghouse Workers ̓strike of 1948

Images from a CIO strike in the meatpacking industry in St. Paul, Minnesota. The strike dragged on for months, picket lines were broken by the National Guard, and the strike was lost.

“They teamed up with the police and the Klan:” Jack O’Dell on red baiting in the National Maritime Union

Brief account by Jack O’Dell of the CIO's 'Operation Dixie', a strategy to organize the American South, failing due to anti-communist purges and raids in the union federation.

“A square deal?”: the Michigan CIO debates the no-strike pledge

Selections from minutes of a 1943 Michigan CIO convention, debating the 'no-strike pledge' during World War II.

Politics

Dwight Macdonald and the politics Circle

Politics was a radical journal edited by Dwight Macdonald from 1944 to 1949. The journal published political and cultural criticism of current events in the 1940s, and had many noteworthy contributors and thought-provoking essays.

Introduction to L’ouvrier américain (1949)

From Social­isme ou Bar­barie no. 1 (1949), the introduction to The American Worker.

The Communist Party of the United States: from the Depression to World War II

An overview of the American Communist Party from the time right before the Popular Front era until World War II and the Hitler-Stalin Pact.

Standing fast: a novel - Harvey Swados

Harvey Swados' fictional story of a group of socialists and their lives from the dawn of USA's involvement in World War II to the Kennedy assasination. More or less based on the Worker's Party of Max Shachtman, C.L.R. James, Raya Dunayevskaya and Stan Weir.

Images from 1946 Rochester general strike

Pictures from the 1946 Rochester, New York general strike, which happened in response to the mass firings of city workers attempting to organize a union. Pictures originally posted at Rochester Labor.

Images from 1946 Oakland general strike

Images from the 1946 Oakland general strike. Mostly taken from the University of California-Berkeley's online archive.

A CIO organizer in Alabama, 1941

Reports from an organizer involved in efforts to organize a Goodyear plant in Alabama in 1941.