American histories: 1934

I already featured a couple of these, but thought it is worth making more of a splash:

The rebellion in Minneapolis

The history of the Teamster Rebellion in Minneapolis is packed with lessons, especially the importance of mobilizing a militant rank and file. [Socialist Worker US September 29, 2009]

The 75th Anniversary of the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters Strike (Part 1)US: The 75th Anniversary of the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters Strike (Part 1)

The 1934 Teamsters strike in Minneapolis, led by the Trotskyists of the Communist League of America (the forerunner of the Socialist Workers Party), was a decisive moment in the US labor and socialist movements. During the years preceding the strike, few would have expected the upsurge that took place in 1934. [By David May, Marxist.com, 17 July 2009]

The 75th Anniversary of the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters Strike (Part 2)

After a bitter coal yard workers’ strike and organizing campaign in early 1934, Teamsters Local 574 won the right to represent thousands of workers in Minneapolis. But by May, a second strike became necessary, after the trucking and warehouse bosses refused to recognize the local. [By David May, Marxist.com, 24 September 2009]

Picketers surround Fank Hubay, one of two people killed by National Guardsmen during the Toledo strikeLabor’s breakthrough in Toledo

The 1934 Auto-Lite strike in Toledo, Ohio showed how workers could unite, employed with unemployed, to defeat the power of the bosses. [Socialist Worker US, September 15, 2009]

Strikers march through San Francisco streets during the 1934 strike

The battle for the docks

The San Francisco General Strike in July 1934 involved 200,000 workers up and down the West Coast, making it the largest general strike in U.S. history. [Socialist Worker US, September 21, 2009]

Added: For more links on the SF General Strike, go to the Holt Labor Library, from which the below is taken:

The song, “Frisco Strike Saga,” was penned by Stephen Karnot and Earl Robinson to commemorate the strike. It is reprinted from Songs of the People published in 1937 by Workers Library Publishers.

"Frisco Strike Saga" lyrics and music

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