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Labor History

A selection of films exploring the struggles of working men and women for jobs and a decent standard of living.

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Clara LemlichClara Lemlich

The story of the young, Jewish, Ukrainian-born woman who in 1909 sparked the 'Uprising of the 20,000' -- the first massive strike of New York City garment workers.

Icarus Films ♦ 2005 ♦ 51 minutes ♦ 8-12, College, Adult
The Enemy WithinThe Enemy Within

The story of Britain's longest strike, the 1984-85 miners' strike, when Margaret Thatcher declared war on the unions, as told by those who lived through it.

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2015 ♦ 112 minutes ♦ 9 - 12, College, Adults
Finally Got the NewsFinally Got the News

A film about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, which was, 'in many respects the most significant expression of black radical thought and activism in the 1960s.' - Manning Marable, Prof. of History, Columbia Univ.

Icarus Films ♦ 2003 ♦ 55 minutes ♦ 10-12, College, Adult
HSA Hospital Strike '75HSA Hospital Strike '75

A document of the eighteen-day strike by interns and residents at Chicago's only public hospital.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1975 ♦ 20 minutes
I Am SomebodyI Am Somebody

1969 hospital workers struggle in Charleston, South Carolina.

Icarus Films ♦ 1970 ♦ 30 minutes ♦ 9-12, College, Adult
An Injury To OneAn Injury To One

Reconstructs the long-forgotten murder of union organizer Frank Little in Butte, Montana, and draws a connection between the unsolved murder of Little, and the attempted murder of the town itself.

Icarus Films ♦ 2003 ♦ 53 minutes ♦ 9-12, College, Adult
The Last Pullman CarThe Last Pullman Car

In 1981, Pullman workers found themselves in the midst of a fight not only for their jobs but the future of the American rail car industry.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1983 ♦ 56 minutes
Love and SolidarityLove and Solidarity

An exploration of nonviolence and organizing through the life and teachings of Rev. James Lawson.

Bullfrog Films ♦ 2016 ♦ 38 minutes ♦ 9 - 12, College, Adults
Taylor Chain I: A Story in a Union LocalTaylor Chain I: A Story in a Union Local

The gritty realities of a seven-week strike at a small Indiana chain factory during 1973-74.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1980 ♦ 33 minutes
Taylor Chain II: A Story of Collective BargainingTaylor Chain II: A Story of Collective Bargaining

A return 10 years later to the Taylor Chain plant to show labor and management working together against the odds.

Kartemquin Films ♦ 1983 ♦ 30 minutes

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