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Struggles In Steel – A Story of African-American Steelworkers
Creator: Raymond Henderson Category: Community Stories, Local History, Social Issues Publisher: Tony Buba Published: 04 Oct, 2017 Tags:African-American experience | Aliquippa | community storytelling | oral history | organized labor | steel | steel workers | CHECK IT OUT
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DESCRIPTION: “This one-hour documentary is beautifully focused on the role of African-American laborers throughout the history of the steel industry. It is suffused with the filmmaker’s passion for revealing what had been deliberately overlooked: that black laborers most often had the grittiest, most dangerous jobs in the mines and the mills, and they never rose up through the ranks into management. This is independent filmmaking at its very best, simply produced by a retired steelworker with a mission and his filmmaker friend.”

“This documentary tells the forgotten story of the African-American struggle for equality in the U.S. steel industry (based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). In a series of interviews intermixed with archival footage and stills, we learn how these workers faced and overcame discrimination that came from white workers, the big steel companies, and even from their own unions” (Martin Lewison).

SEE ALSO:

Oral History Interviews: Black Steelworkers in Aliquippa 

About Struggles In Steel

Facilitator Guide: Struggles in Steel

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