Oral history interview with Shelton Tappes. 1961.


Oral history interview with Shelton Tappes. 1961.

In 1959, the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University conducted oral history interviews with Michigan labor leaders who played a key role in the development of unionism in the automobile industry. Major subjects covered were: UAW organizing efforts, sit-down strikes of the 1930's, and policies of the Union during World War II.

Transcript: 24 leaves ; 29 cm.

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