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As Black Lives Matter protests continue to spread across the country this summer, we delve into the Labor History Today archives for stories of mass uprisings from our past. In this show, originally released on July 15, 2018, labor historian Joe McCartin discusses the 1934 San Francisco Longshoremen's strike -- which spread into a four-day general strike -- and the Great Steel Strike of 1959.   Then, Donna Haverty-Stacke tells us about the 1934 Minneapolis truckers strike. And union convention badges are the Labor History Object of the Week, as Ben Blake takes another deep dive into the George Meany Labor Archives. Produced by Chris Garlock; edited by Patrick Dixon. To contribute a labor history item, email

Labor History Today is produced by the Metro Washington Council’s Union City Radio and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University.

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