HIST 351 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: United Mine Workers, John Steinbeck, National Labor Relations Act

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Minneapolis, 1934
Toledo
San Francisco
Natioide Tetile Workers “trike 19
o All had a substantial amount of radical leadership
The Rise of the CIO
o Labor Law Reform: Wagner Act (National Labor Relations Act) 1935
o John L. Lewis, President United Mine Workers
Break with the AFL, 1935
Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)
All Alliance of Convenience
o Lewis and the Communists
Popular Front enthusiasm
Leis: Who Gets the Bird? The Huter of the Dog?
o Accomplishments and Limitations of Communists in the Labor Movement
o Idustrial orkers ad a oral apitalis?
The Context of In Dubious Battle
o California
Farm labor and the Californian Dream
Depression-era Repatriation of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. Estimates
range as high as a million.
The Dust Bowl and a New Labor Force
The Dust Bowl and Depression Migrations
o Ecological and social disaster on the Great Plains
o The Lure of California
o Dust Bol Migrats as a Miorit Group
Discrimination and Stereotyping
A Okie “uulture?
The Racial Politics of In Dubious Battle
o Steinbeck based on his story on an actual strike by predominantly Latino/a workers but
he told his stor aout Aglos, ipliitl Dust Bol igrats. Wh?
o “teieks espaper artiles, headed The Harest Gpsies, portraed iigrant
orkers as iapale of resistig osses repressio.
o He also believed that American-born whites were inherently more capable of battling
for their rights as workers.
John Steinbeck and In Dubious Battle
o John Steinbeck
California Upbringing
Radical sympathies and suspicions
Contact with farm labor
Environmental Theories
The Novel as Historical Source
o “teiek said, I this ook I as akig othig up
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