In the spring of 1934, union organizers led Minneapolis truckers on a series of strikes that sought to break the city's anti-union grip. The striking truckers, in protest of scab workers, took to the streets of the city where they faced violent opposition. The conflict exploded when police fired on the unarmed strikers, killing four and injuring countless others.
The events surrounding Bloody Friday shifted the balance of power between labor and business and proved to be a significant victory for the labor movement. First published in 1937, Charles Rumford Walker's American City offers a vivid account of a period that transformed Minneapolis and forged the way for workers' rights nationwide.
By: Charles Rumford Walker
Format: Paper, 278 pg., 5.5 x 8 in.
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press