On this week's Labor History Today podcast: John Sayles on “Matewan,” “Yellow Earth” and more
Writer, actor, and filmmaker John Sayles talks about his latest novel, “Yellow Earth,” and about his classic labor films Matewan and Eight Men Out. Plus, a reading from “Yellow Earth.” Also this week, Saul Schniderman on the arrest of Mother Jones while leading a protest of conditions in West Virginia mines, and Jacob Feinspan remembers the 1926 general strike by New York furriers.
Last week's show: Sisters, rebels and social justice in the Jim Crow South. photo by Bruce Guthrie
John L. Lewis, president of United Mine Workers of America and founding president of the CIO, born near Lucas, IA - 1880
A national eight-month strike by the Sons of Vulcan, a union of iron forgers, ends in victory when employers agreed to a wage scale based on the price of iron bars—the first time employers recognized the union, the first union contract in the iron and steel industry, and what may be the first union contract of any kind in the United States - 1865
Some 12,000 Hollywood writers returned to work today following a largely-successful three-month strike against television and motion picture studios. They won compensation for their TV and movie work that gets streamed on the Internet - 2008
- David Prosten