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Papers On U.S. History (20th Century)
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“Salt of the Earth” (1954) -- More than a Blacklisted Film
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This 5 page report discusses the 1954 blacklisted movie that tells the story of a strike among Hispanic mine workers at the Empire Zinc Corporation in New Mexico. A Mexican American family finds itself in the middle of the bitterness caused by the strike. As a political statement, it demonstrated the inter-connection that exists between working class, feminist, environmental and Latino concerns, and yet it was denounced for its “communist overtones” and banned from the public until the late 1960s. The movies writers, producer, and director had all been blacklisted and the star, the Mexican actress Rosaura Revueltas, was deported. No additional sources.
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“Sinclair’s “The Jungle”: Were the Conditions Real?
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A 4 page paper which looks at Upton Sinclair’s novel “The Jungle” and examines whether the depiction of the meat packing plants in Chicago were real. bibliography lists 2 sources.
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“Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights: Organizing Memphis Workers”
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A 6 page review of the book by Author Michael K. Honey. Honey outlines the societal conditions which were at play in 1930s Memphis Tennessee in comparison to the various laws which were on the books to protect black rights. The contention is made that custom can, and does, sometimes outweigh law. This was the case in Memphis but the arrival of the Civil Rights movement and such efforts as the labor movement was soon to turn the tides more in favor of the severely disadvantaged classes in this southern community. The societal move towards unionization of the workplace was particularly advantageous. No additional sources are listed.
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“Strangers to These Shores”: Culture and Prejudice in the United States
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A 5 page review of several of the key issues detailed in the book “Strangers to These Shores: Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States 6TH Edition” by Vincent N. Parrillo. is an exhaustive study into prejudice and race relations in this country. Parrillo takes these issues back to the early history of the country and the societal structure which shaped the face of race relations for the years to come. He reveals the intimate connection between economics, prejudice and race. No additional sources are listed.
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“Striking Steel” by Jack Metzgar
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A 4 page paper which examines what life was like before and after the union based on Jack Metzgar’s book “Striking Steel.” No additional sources cited.
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