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good union songs

Growing up in a union household I can really appreciate some of these songs.

classic labor songs from the smithsonian

I've been collecting songs about work and labor for about 5 years and this is the best synthesis I've found. The words are important, the melodies are either interesting or borrowed from well-known contemporary songs or hymns, and the performers are on their marks. Well worth buying for good music and good history.

GO WISCONSIN! This is what democracy sounds like!

Just downloaded this album, which has been on my wish list for some time. I'm a proud union public school music teacher in Roxbury, Boston, Massaachusetts, and was familiar with many of these songs from a songbook I've cherished for decades, "Songs of Work and Protest", compiled by Joe Glazer and Edith Fowkes. I also am about to buy the album by John L. Handcox, "Songs, Poems, and Stories of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union". He sings "Roll The Union On" on this one, and when I clicked on his name, that recording was recommended by iTunes. It's not only valuable for its labor-related content but is also an amazing primary source for African American history.

The quality and significance of the recordings and personnel in this collection are outstanding.

"In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold,
Greater than the might of armies magnified a thousandfold.
We can build ourselves a new world from the ashes of the world,
For the union makes us strong."

Given the recent events in Wisconsin and Japan, this stanza from "Solidarity Forever" is still poignant and inspiring, but also sobering and frightening.

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