Minneapolis Truckers Make History DVD
The Pivotal 1934 Strikes
Designed for classroom use, this DVD connects lessons of the 1934 Minneapolis Truckers Strikes with contemporary labor struggles. The huge, bloody conflicts broke the power of the anti-union Citizens Alliance and helped usher in a new way forward for relations between workers and employers.
The program combines 1934 newsreels, photos and newspapers with interviews with historians and strike veterans, as well as images of installations memorializing the conflict and footage of 21st Century union campaigns.
This pivotal chapter in the history of Minnesota and the nation raises important questions about civic participation, collective action, political tensions and economic justice. The program encourages viewers to consider the ways that everyday people make history
Producers: Randy Croce and Deborah Rosenstein, Labor Education Service, University of Minnesota
Includes sections of the 1981 film, Labor's Turning Point, directed by John de Graaf.