Labor Unions in the Movies

In about 45 days (about the time it takes to write an article for this site), on October 15, it will be the 102nd anniversary of the Clayton Anti-Trust Act, which laborer leader Samuel Gompers called “labor’s charter of freedom,” exempting unions from anti-trust laws. It also legalized boycotts, pickets, and strikes. It also banned the monopolizing practice of price-setting.

Below is Time Magazine’s list of Top Ten Labor Union Movies

How Green Was My Valley, 1941
Native Land, 1942
On the Waterfront, 1954
The Pajama Game, 1957
I’m All Right Jack, 1959
The Organizer, 1963
Harlan County, U.S.A., 1976
Norma Rae, 1979
Matewan, 1987
Waiting for ‘Superman,’ 2010

Choose at least one film, either on the list or not on the list, and analyze whether the film portrayals of labor unions have been prophetic, inaccurate, or somewhere in between.

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