An essay about the AFL and how they handled dissidents.
Originally appeared in Labor History Volume 35, Issue 2, 1994
The background and script to A Martyr to His Cause, the first labor film, made in 1911 in defense of the McNamara brothers,who were accused of bombing the Los Angeles Times during a labor dispute.
Jeremy Brecher's history and analysis of the huge strike across the steel industry in 1919, which was defeated by a combination of massive repression and undermining by the unions.
Out of the many strikes at the time, the conflict that most held the nation's attention in 1919 was the great strike in steel.