American Labor History Video Series

by Jan 12, 2017Videos

The Wisconsin Labor History Society is pleased to announce the availability of a six-part video series, “An Historical Overview of Labor Unions in the United States.” Each segment is heavily illustrated and takes us through the struggle to organize from centuries past to the present day.

The series was produced by James Brown, of Waukesha, a veteran videographer. Narration was done by Jim Cavanaugh, retired president of the South Central Federation of Labor. The script was written by Waylon Hedegaard, Jim Cavanaugh and James Brown, along with consultants, Michael Gordon and Dexter Arnold. Partial support was provided by the Wisconsin Labor History Society.


All six segments are available on YouTube. They are:

Part One: Guilds and the Industrial Revolution

Part Two: Workers Fight Back (The Battle of Homestead is covered in this segment)

Part Three: The Progressive Era

Part Four: Depression and the War

Part Five: Taft-Hartley to the Chrysler Concessions

Part Six: PATCO to the Present


A study guide is available in a PDF format. Click here to view or print.


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