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Memorial Day Massacre 1937 Republic Steel Union Strike

Public Domain Stock Footage Memorial Day Massacre 1937 Republic Steel Union Strike

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keywords: social unrest and protest, republic steel union strike, chicago police killing, steel worker's organizing committee swoc

Synopsis: During the 1937 Republic Steel Strike, Chicago Police fire into the crowd of Union demonstrators killing 10 and injuring 30 as they were advancing towards the Republic Steel Mill and now known as the Memorial Day Massacre of 1937 (2012-710f.txt)...(read more)

  • Date: 1937
  • Duration: 00:10:06
  • Sound: Partial
  • Color: Monochrome
  • Type: Public Domain
  • Language: English
  • Location: United States

Memorial Day Massacre 1937 - Republic Steel Union Strike

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Memorial Day Massacre 1937 - Republic Steel Union Strike

Republic Steel Strike 1937. This film records scenes of the Memorial Day massacre of 1937 as the Chicago Police shot and killed ten unarmed demonstrators in Chicago on May 30, 1937. The incident took place during the Little Steel Strike in the United States.

On Memorial Day hundreds of sympathizers gathered at Sam's Place, headquarters of the SWOC Steel Worker's Organizing Committee. As the crowd marched across the prairie towards the Republic Steel mill, a line of Chicago policemen blocked their path. The foremost protestors argued their right to continue. The police, angered, fired on the crowd. As the crowd fled, police bullets killed ten people and injured 30. Nine people were permanently disabled and another 28 had serious head injuries from police clubbing.

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Panning shot of the South Chicago Plant of the Republic Steel CO. showing the workers on strike walking a picket line. CU Scenes of steel workers carrying signs on the picket line. Scenes of striking workers.

00:03:05;06 (audio)

Confrontation between police and crowd of demonstrators and striking workers as shots are fired, demonstrators fleeing and police advancing into crowd. Some demonstrators loaded into a police paddy wagon. Police removing a dead body.