Chicago Workers Sit-In

With the financial crisis and the election of Barack Obama, allusions to the Great Depression, The New Deal, and FDR have become commonplace. But what can the past teach us about the current historical moment? Are the parallels useful? Historian and author Howard Zinn is well known for his People’s History of the United States. And he says that it’s still the people–from workers demanding an eight hour day to African Americans and the struggle for civil rights–who make change. Zinn says that the Chicago workers staging a sit in are drawing on a rich and very powerful history. 

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