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1877: The Grand Army of Starvation | 30 minutes

1877: The Grand Army of Starvation focuses on the nationwide rebellion that brought the U.S. to a standstill when 80,000 railroad workers went on strike to protest the excesses of railroad companies amid a four-year economic depression. This movement brought a new period of conflict that defined America in the industrial age.


Harvest of Loneliness | 57 minutes

Millions of people were employed in the temporary contract worker program known as the Bracero Program from the 1940s to the 60s. Harvest of Loneliness explores how the program was designed to undermine farmworker unions as it imported millions of Mexico’s men and women to work as cheap, controlled, and disposable labor.   


The Inheritance (1964) | 52 minutes

The Inheritance explores life for workers in America from the turn of the century through the Civil Rights era. Gain insight on each generation’s fight to preserve and extend our nation’s freedoms. The struggle to put down roots, form unions, endure wars, and build better lives has shaped our country in ways that are still felt today.


Did You Know?

UBC started on job sites across the country.

Our founding president, Peter J. McGuire worked tirelessly on the job sites across the country with his fellow Carpenters to organize the union. In 1881, he organized a Chicago convention to form a union. Representatives from 11 cities joined him and they produced a constitution and structure. Learn More

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