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LGM Film Club, Part 76: Native Food

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On September 19, 2020
This 1945 Army training film about how soldiers should not eat “native foods” is both amusing and, well, racist. That Vienna sausages are supposed to be the safe food here is a bit disturbing, though it’s true enough that sanitation issues are real enough and most certainly were in the 1940s in a war zone. […]
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On June 7, 1943, 16 black workers at Buckeye Cotton Oil Company in Memphis, a Proctor & Gamble owned operation, went on a wildcat strike in protest of continued workplace discrimination despite federal orders to integrate the defense industry, a sign of the poor enforcement of the Roosevelt administration anti-discrimination initiatives. Racism was as reflected […]
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Female machinist, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California, 1942. Photo by Alfred T. Palmer On September 19, 1945, 24 fired female employees of the Lindstrom Tool and Toy Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut picketed outside the factory in protest of their firing. It led to nothing, but this brief action is a window into the treatment […]
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