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Reminiscences of John Brophy, 1955

Creator: Brophy, John, 1883-1963
Project: Individual interviews oral history collection.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript 1,036 pages
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Labor union official

Scope and Contents

Family background and childhood; miners' organizations in England and United States before 1900; life of a typical miner; organizational work with United Mine Workers, Western Pennsylvania and Michigan, 1899-1917; struggles of United Mine Workers, 1899-1940; John L. Lewis; visits to England and Russia, 1927; United Mine Workers and American Federation of Labor, 1918-1935; emergence of new Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1935-1941; posts and activities with Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1935-1941; relations of Congress of International Organizations and American Federation of Labor, 1935-1955; national director, Industrial Union Councils, 1940-1947; wartime labor relations boards, 1941-1945; Philip Murray's Industrial Council Plan; opening conference, World Federation of Trade Unions and International Labour Office, 1945; International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, 1949; comments on labor's view of socialism, the New Deal, Communists and the labor movement, the Department of Labor, future of the labor movement. Impressions of labor figures: William B. Wilson, Samuel Gompers, William Z. Foster, Philip Murray, Sidney Hillman, William Green, Walter Reuther, Lee Pressman, Frances Perkins, Maurice Tobin


Access Conditions

Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1972

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