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Doubts the importance of the Memorial Day Massacre Michael Dennis identifies it as a focal point in the larger effort to revitalize American euality during the New Deal In Blood on Steel Dennis shows how the incident captured on film by Paramount newsreels validated the claims of labor activists and catalyzed public opinion in their favor In the aftermath of the massacre Senate hearings laid bare patterns of anti union aggression among management ranging from blacklists to harassment and vigilante violence Companies were determined to subvert the right to form a union which Congress had finally recognized in 1935 O.
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Nly in the following year would Congress pass the Fair Labor Standards Act which established a minimum wage and a maximum work week outlawed child labor and regulated hazardous work Like the Wagner Act that protected collective bargaining this law aimed to protect workers who had suffered the worst of what the Great Depression had inflicted Dennis‘s wide angle perspective reveals the Memorial Day Massacre as not simply another bloody incident in the long story of labor management tension in American history but as an illustration of the broad based movement for social democracy which developed in the New Deal era.
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On Memorial Day 1937 thousands of steelworkers middle class supporters and working class activists gathered at Sam's Place on the Southeast Side of Chicago to protest Republic Steel’s virulent opposition to union recognition and collective bargaining By the end of the day ten marchers had been mortally wounded and than one hundred badly injured victims of a terrifying police riot Sam's Place the headuarters for the steelworkers was transformed into a bloody and frantic triage unit for treating heads split open by police batons flesh torn by bullets and limbs mangled badly enough to reuire amputation While no one. Sottomissione virulent opposition to union recognition and collective bargaining By the end of the day ten marchers had been mortally wounded and than one hundred badly injured