Post-War United States (1945-early 1970s) Era 9

Teaching Labor's Story

Post-War United States (1945-early 1970s) Era 9

Overviews: Historical Context


Coming soon

9.1 Triumph of the Paraprofessionals, August 22, 1970

This opinion piece by civil rights organizer Bayard Rustin celebrates the signing of the first union contract for paraprofessional educators — community-based classroom and school support staff, nearly all of them black and Hispanic women — in New York City. It was published in the New York Amsterdam News, the city’s largest black-owned newspaper, in 1970.

9.2 Chavez Explains the Need for Boycotts, 1972

A TV interview with United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez conducted at the height of the struggle during the 1972 election season.

9.3 NOW, Statement of Purpose, 1966

This Statement of Purpose, a founding document of the National Organization for Women (NOW), outlined the founders’ explanation of the problems facing American women and asserted that their sex should organize to solve them. As the largest feminist membership group of the “second wave” era, NOW attacked many of the gendered inequalities that defined American life—especially those related to work. 

9.4 DRUM, Demands 1969

All autoworkers on the Dodge assembly line were represented by United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 3, but some workers, particularly Black workers, did not feel equally protected and supported by their union. In 1969 a group of these autoworkers joined with community activists to form the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM). This is one of the first list of demands DRUM issued to Dodge management.

Era x is about lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.