WAR, DEPRESSION & A NEW DEAL
- Why should workers join unions? Why would employers refuse to recognize their workers' unions?
- Why would public speech in foreign languages be forbidden? Should it be today?
- How should government assist employers and workers during labor strikes?
- Invite a union member, union organizer or worker involved in a union campaign to speak with the class about the struggle to build a union. Later, role-play this struggle, assigning students to roles of employer, union organizer, worker, union buster, politician, police, etc.
- Identify ways employers resist unions/union demands.
- Describe services provided by food kitchens, settlement houses, etc. Why are such services necessary? Could these needs be met in some other way?
sit-down strike: a strike in which, rather than being locked out of their workplace by their employer, workers refuse to leave their workplace until their grievances have been addressed.
bolshevik: originally, those who in 1917 formed the Communist Party
in Russia; later, in the U.S., a term applied to labor and other progressive
activists implying that they (and their activities) were un-American.
Map/Guide, # 29, 30, 41, 45, 47, 49
Michael Yates, Why Unions Matter. (1998)
Irving Bernstein, The Lean Years: A History of American Workers 1920-1933. (1960)
Bernstein, Turbulent Years: A History of American Workers 1933-1941. (1969)