Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Toledo in 1934
The Strikes That Turned the Tide

Socialism 2009 (Chicago)

June 18, 2009 -- Chicago, IL

Labor battles reached a fever pitch during the 1930s, involving millions of workers nationwide in bitter fights for their rights. But workers also faced mass unemployment and bloody repression, and suffered many defeats before forcing the Roosevelt administration to issue the New Deal reforms. Sharon Smith looks back at the series victories in 1934 that helped turn the tide of labor militancy in the midst of the Great Depression.

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