Part 2: Working for Their Lives

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Activity 2A.1: Sitting Down in Flint: A Case Study

Oral history audio clips of Flint, Michigan autoworkers’ strike

Flint Sit-Down Strike Audio Timeline:

Flint Sit-Down Strike Audio Gallery:,

Historical photographs of Flint, Michigan autoworkers’ strike

United Auto Workers (UAW).  UAW History, including sit down strikes at GM and Chrysler in Flint and Detroit.

Grevatt, Martha. “70 years ago workers won Flint sit-down strike.” Workers World.

Activity 2A.2: Choosing a Labor Event

The Great Railroad Strike of 1877:

The Molly Maguires:

The Homestead Strike:

The Triangle Factory Fire:

Schneirov, Richard. The Pullman Strike and Boycott:

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum:

Tye, Larry. (2004). Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class. New York: Henry Holt.

Neeley, Lyn. (1998, January 29). Bread & Roses: The Strike Led and Won by Women. Workers World.

Dublin, Thomas (Ed.) (1981). Farm to Factory: Women’s Letters, 1830-1860.
New York: Columbia University Press.

Ehrlich, Matt, Cord Brundage, and Sylvia Gassaway. Ludlow Massacre.

Andrews, Thomas G. (2008). Killing for Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Waterfront Worker’s History Project:

The Big Strike: Labor Unrest in the Great Depression:

Teaching with Documents: Court Documents related to Martin Luther King, Jr., Memphis Sanitation Workers:

Exploring the United Farm Workers’ History:

1981 Strike Leaves Legacy for American Workers:

The Pittston Coal Strike:

“Time Trail” West Virginia Archives and History:

Activity 2B.1: Assembling Character Biographies

Primary Sources: Diaries, Letters, Oral Histories of Workers

Dublin, Thomas (Ed.) (1981). Farm to Factory: Women’s Letters, 1830-1860.
New York: Columbia University Press.

Terkel, Studs. (1972). Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. New York: Random House.  Particularly Phil Stallings, spot-welder; Jim Grayson, spot-welder; Tom Brand, plant manager; Wheeler Stanley, general foreman; and Gary Bryner, president, Lordstown Local, UAW, from “The Making,” pp. 159–194.

Waterfront Worker’s History Project:

Television and Film Character Biographies

Muldur, Fox William. The X-Files Lexicon:

Lost/Characters. The TV IV:

Labor Songs and Symbols

Classic labor songs from Smithsonian Folkways.

Labor Songs. American Labor Studies Center.

Parker Sherwood, Susan. A Brief History of Labor Symbols.

Look for the Union Label: A Celebration of Union Logos and Emblems:

Photographys. American Labor Studies Center.