TheRealNews on Jan 28, 2014
John Nichols: 94 year-old Pete Seeger’s music was stronger than the forces that sought to silence him.
Pete Seeger: Solidarity Forever
DumDumDeDip on Sep 7, 2013
This is “Solidarity Forever”, the powerful “national anthem” of the U.S. labor movement, recorded in 1941 by Pete Seeger and The Almanac Singers, and is contained on their album “Talkin’ Union”, which is now available in Mp3 format at many online stores. The background film clips are of various worker strikes and union activities, 1930s to the 2000s.
The song was written in 1915 by Ralph Chaplin, a member and organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). After the song achieved widespread fame, Chaplin was not happy that it was often sung by unions that seemed to have no desire to truly eliminate the worst injustices of capitalism.
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Which Side Are You On? — Pete Seeger
Spadecaller on Mar 15, 2008
In the mountains of Kentucky in 1931, the coal miners of Harlan County went on strike. Officers hired by the mining company roamed the countryside hunting for the union leaders. The independent coal miners fought back gallantly against the hired company deputies and blood was spilled on both sides. “Which Side Are You On,” was written by Florence Reece, the wife of Sam Reece, a union leader who had escaped into the Kentucky mountains for safety. Class warfare continues in the United States and in most nations throughout the world. Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Millard Lampell of the Almanac Singers made this song famous in 1941. – Spadecaller
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