New Episode of “Learn Yourself”: The Seattle General Strike of 1919

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Man Speaking to crowd during the Seattle General Strike, PHColl922.20

The latest episode of the Labor Archives of Washington’s regular segment on the KSVR radio show, We Do the Work, will air April 11th and stream online via KSVR and Public Radio International’s Exchange thereafter! This Learn Yourself will be about the Seattle General Strike of 1919, the first city-wide strike in US history. This strike presaged a wave of postwar organizing and strikes as well as anti-labor and anti-radical repression and continues to inspire as a model for collective action today.

The regular segment, “Learn Yourself,” features Labor Archivist Conor Casey (Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections), being interviewed about a history topic by host Mike Dumovich, with an emphasis on archival collections and secondary sources related to the topic in the hopes that it will inspire people to learn more about labor history on their own.

Links to Other Episodes in the Series:

  1. Labor Archives of Washington Overview
  2. Everett Massacre, also called Bloody Sunday, where a confrontation caused 7 to 12 people to be murdered on November 5, 1916.
  3. SeaTac Seattle Minimum Wage Campaign and History Project
  4. Filipino American Cannery Workers’ Unionism and the Murder of Domingo and Viernes
  5. Farmworkers’ History: The Chateau St. Michelle Grape Boycott and the Labor Archives of Washington’s second annual event Preserving Solidarity Forever: Washington State Farmworkers’ Struggles.
  6. Images of Labor and Social Justice: The Life and Art of Richard V. Correll
  7. Author, Poet, Worker: Carlos Bulosan’s Collections at the Labor Archives of Washington and Eva Urcia’s Quest to Uncover and Preserve Bulosan Family History
  8. The Everett Massacre Centennial Commemoration
  9. The 1934 Pacific Coast Maritime Strike

Related Episodes
1. Former LAW intern Senteara Orwig on the collections she worked on in the Labor Archives of Washington “The Songbird and the Martyr: Katie Phar, Joe Hill, and the Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World”

For more information, go to the following sites and links:

Websites:
Seattle General Strike Project
“The Seattle General Strike and Its Aftermath” Labor Archives of Washington Digital Collections Portal 

Secondary Sources:
• Brecher, Jeremy. 1997. Strike! Boston, MA: South End Press.
• Friedheim, Robert L. 1964. The Seattle general strike. University of Washington Press: Seattle.

Films:
• Ostrander, Lucy, Maria Gargiulo, Anna Louise Strong, John Gilbert, and Marjorie Nelson. 2005. Witness to revolution: the story of Anna Louise Strong. [Seattle, Wash.]: Ostrander Productions.

Primary Sources:
• Seattle. 2009. The Seattle general strike: an account of what happened in Seattle, and especially in the Seattle Labor Movement during the general strike, February 6 to 11, 1919. Seattle, Wash: Left Bank Books and Charlatan Stew.
Robert Friedheim Seattle General Strike Collection, Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
IWW Seattle Joint Branches Records, Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
Industrial Workers of the World photograph collection, Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
King County Central Labor Council Records, Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
Broussais C. Beck papers, 1919-1961, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections

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