Monday, September 1, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Harry Bridges (Australia)


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Harry Bridges.  Born Alfred Renton Bridges July 28, 1901 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  Died March 30, 1990 (aged 88) San Francisco, California, United States

Harry Bridges was an Australian-born American union leader, in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), which he helped form and led for over 40 years. He was prosecuted by the U.S. government during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. His conviction by a federal jury for having lied about his Communist Party membership was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1953. On the West Coast, Bridges still excites passions both for and against the labor movement.


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