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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 emblem and motto.

The official emblem of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America was adopted at the Fourth General Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 1884. The motto inscribed therein, “Labor Omnia Vincit,” translated from Latin means “Labor Conquers All Things.” Learn More

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