Great Depression

1972 oral history with Sam Dolgoff

An oral history interview with long-time anarcho-syndicalist and Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) member, Sam Dolgoff, conducted in 1972.

1972 oral history interview with Henry Pfaff

An oral history interview with long-term Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) member, Henry Pfaff, conducted in 1972.

1970 oral history interview with Ernest DeMaio

DeMaio and supporters gather at the Chicago Federal Building in 1952 to protest

An oral history interview conducted with Ernest DeMaio, one of the founders of the United Electrical and Radio Workers Union (UE).

Eat my dust: the story of John Dillinger

John Dillinger's mugshot

A short pamphlet about legendary Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger. Published by Black Economy Books and AK Press.

The 1934 Toledo Auto-Lite Strike - James Howard

A paper by James Howard about the 1934 Toledo Auto-Lite strike.

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.

Akron rubber workers' struggles, 1933-1936 - Jeremy Brecher

Strikers clash with police, Akron 1936

Jeremy Brecher's account of the struggles of rubber workers in Akron, Ohio, the centre of the American rubber industry. Growing disillusioned with the failure of the unions to improve their situation, the workers developed the sitdown strike.

Workers, employers and unions in the US sitdown strike wave, 1933-1937 - Jeremy Brecher

Sitdown strikers at Flint, 1937

Jeremy Brecher's excellent history and analysis of the wave of sitdown strikes in US from 1933-1937 from their origins amongst Akron rubber workers to the great Flint sitdown strike and to their eventual co-optation by the CIO unions and subsequently in part the employers.

The US national textile workers' strike, 1934 - Jeremy Brecher

Striking textile workers come up against state troopers in 1934

Jeremy Brecher's history of the largely unsuccessful nationwide strike of textile workers during the great depression, which the union nevertheless declared a victory.

The Minneapolis Teamsters strike, 1934 - Jeremy Brecher

Striking truck drivers battle police in Minneapolis, 1934

Jeremy Brecher's short history of the militant and successful strike of truck drivers in Minneapolis in 1934, in which strikers beat police off the streets.