Force and Violence" on the Labor Front

  • Aleine Austin
Keywords: Labor


One of the greatest accomplishments of propagandists of the "American way of life" in recent years has been the successful spreading of the myth that industrial warfare is no longer part of the American scene. We are being led to believe that the spies, hired thugs, and troops, the clubs, guns, and tear gas bombs-all the weapons of warfare used against workers in the Great Railroad Upheaval of 1877, the Homestead Strike in 1892, the Pullman Strike in 1894, the Ludlow Massacre in 1913, "Bloody Harlan" in the 1930s and the Memorial Day Massacre in 1937-belong to a bygone era.