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1st Sunday, May 2, 9:30 am on Zoom

“By the Ore Docks” by Richard Hudelson (pictured) and Carl Ross

Celebrate International Workers’ Day (MayDay) with our special speaker.  Richard Hudelson grew up in a factory town in east central Indiana.  His father and maternal grandfather worked at the Chrysler, manufacturing parts for the assembly lines in Detroit.  The rest of his family was made up of small farmers.  Dick escaped the factory, went to college, and liked it.  He came to Duluth from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. in the Fall of 1977 to take a teaching job at UMD.  He taught philosophy at UMD until 1996 and then at UWS until 2011.  He is the author of six books: four in philosophy and two in labor studies.

Carl Ross grew up in the Finnish Communist community in Superior, Wisconsin.  He recruited me to join him as co-author for a book on the labor history of Duluth.   I worked on that book for eighteen years.  Carl died before the book was finished, but By the Ore Docks: A Working People’s History of Duluth was eventually published by University of Minnesota Press in 1996.  My talk will be based on my work with Carl on that book.  Duluth had an ethnically diverse working class.  Ethnic differences, religious differences, and ideological differences divided the labor movement in Duluth.   Yet, it has been a powerful labor movement, from very early on, even up to the present.

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