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Oral history interviews with John Black, 1987.

Author: John Black; Peter Gottlieb
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Black discusses his early years growing up in Berlin, Germany, after World War I, his communist and Trotskyist beliefs and activities as a youth and adult, run-ins with the Nazis, and his eventual migration to the United States. Throughout the interviews Black discusses his relationship with the Socialist Workers Party and his split to join the Workers Party. He details his struggle to establish a national union for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
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Named Person: John Black; Doris Turner
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: John Black; Peter Gottlieb
OCLC Number: 31484788
Notes: Interviewed by Peter Gottlieb in State College, Pennsylvania, on 9 and 25 March, 8 June, and 17 July 1987.
In the Historical Collections and Labor Archives, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.
Description: Sound recordings: 8 sound cassettes (ca. 7 hr.) Transcripts: 2 v. (29, 57, 60, 48 p.)

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Black discusses his early years growing up in Berlin, Germany, after World War I, his communist and Trotskyist beliefs and activities as a youth and adult, run-ins with the Nazis, and his eventual migration to the United States. Throughout the interviews Black discusses his relationship with the Socialist Workers Party and his split to join the Workers Party. He details his struggle to establish a national union for hospital workers beginning in Buffalo, New York, and including New York City, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and describes the strikes he led. He comments on Doris Turner's election as president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Local 1199 union in New York City.

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