Yet the radical and sometimes Communist politics of its members made the union susceptible to federal anti-Communist repression by the s.
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The Voice of Action was a radical labor newspaper published in Seattle between and This paper traces its never-official links to the politics of the Communist Party and its commitments to workers and the unemployed. The Voice of Action portrayed Soviet Russia as a model for an antifascist workers' republic. As elsewhere in the country, Washington State's Communist Party helped to organize the unemployed into active political and social formations.
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In Washington, the Unemployed Citizen's League and its newspaper, The Vanguard, gained the state Communists a broad appeal, and integrated the unemployed into the state's radical reform coalitions. This paper traces the Washington Communist Party's attempts--and successes--in organizing unions during the s and s. Pritchett, a Communist, became president of the combative timber union on the West Coast, but was eventually denied re-entry to the US because of his red politics.
The Voice of Action was a newspaper for Seattle's radical and labor movements, published between and In the summer of a group of Seattle residents organized to establish self-help enterprises and demand that government officials create jobs and increase relief assistance to unemployed. This interactive map shows the Seattle locations of the the Unemployed Citizens League which established self-help commissaries and demanded jobs and relief services for the unemployed. The Unemployed Citizen's League, a radical organization of unemployed men, put out two newspapers during the Depression Years.
The Fish Committee hearings in s Seattle were a preface to the anti-communist trials of the late s and s. This paper traces the changing newspaper coverage in the Seattle Times of Hitler's rise to power, paralleling the federal government's own policies of initial support and lack of concern over reports of Nazi Germany's attacks on civil liberties. As the timber workers' strike became more and more controversial, The Seattle Star became less supportive in their coverage of the issue, leading workers' to develop their own newspaper.
The Chronicle was the paper of the Filipino-led cannery workers' union, as well as a source of progressive news for the Filipino and labor communities in Seattle. The striking employees of the Seattle Post Intelligencer, produced The Guild Daily during the day strike against the Hearst-owned newspaper in Born in the midst of the timber strike, the Timber Worker was the union newspaper of the International Woodworkers of America, based in Aberdeen, WA.
The Longshoremen began one year after the longshore strike, as the official newspaper of the International Longshoremen's Association. The voice of Boeing workers in Local of the International Association of Machinists, Aero Mechanic was founded in and has been published ever since. It was published weekly until when it merged with other Northwest labor newspapers to become the Northwest Washington Labor News.
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Visual Arts Theatre Arts. Special Section: Radicalism A strike by WPA workers in Seattle, , after congressional funding for federal employment was reduced and thousands of workers were laid off. The Voice of Action , the Communist Party's influential newspaper, begun in The Washington Commonwealth Federation and the Washington Pension Union, by Jennifer Phipps Washington's Communist Party was central to two broader political formations that reshaped state politics, reform, and social services.
Washington New Dealer, newspaper report by Jonathan Stecker The New Dealer was the final paper, from , of the radical-labor political coalition, the Washington commonwealth Federation. Communism and Radicalism:.
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Organizing the Unemployed: The Early s, by Gordon Black As elsewhere in the country, Washington State's Communist Party helped to organize the unemployed into active political and social formations. Classic Christmas. Helen Szymanski. Kenneth Goss. Christmas Memories from Mississippi. Charline R. The Stuff of Legends. Helen C.
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But even more popular than these hapless victims were the rogues who refused to be cowed by the Depression and even turned it to their advantage.
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A new contempt for law and government allowed audiences to revel in the adventures of organised criminals, and Warner Brothers quickly became masters of the gangster genre. Edward G Robinson and James Cagney became stars overnight by appearing as vicious thugs in films that were criticised at the time as breaching boundaries of morality and good taste. In Little Caesar , Robinson shocked audiences with his no-holds-barred portrayal of psycho hoodlum Rico, who guns down a priest on the steps of his church because his preaching is making one of Rico's gang feel guilty.
Irish-American actor James Cagney was right behind him, exploding on to the screen as Tom Powers in Public Enemy , and breaking another taboo by smashing that grapefruit into Jean Harlow's face. Cagney would go on to star in the great Warner gangster pictures of the late s, which also introduced the public to Humphrey Bogart. If the gangster films gave audiences an outlet for their impotent rage, even the most popular comedies of the time were mocking, and angry. The original anarchists, the Marx Brothers, made the transition from Vaudeville to Hollywood just when the stock markets collapsed, and in their classic early comedies like Animal Crackers and Duck Soup , they and their writers gleefully attacked the sacred cows of patriotism, monogamy and marriage.
How bitterly audiences must have laughed when, in Duck Soup, Groucho's Rufus T Firefly sang "If you think this country's bad off now, just wait till I get through with it! Hollywood, in other words, partly through a desperate public need for diversion, and partly through its own ingenuity, managed to thrive while the rest of the world was collapsing. But only for a limited period, because the other great lesson to be drawn from the Great Depression is that if economic slumps go on for long enough, everything is affected.