Henry Stanley talks about his early introduction to labor unions and progressive politics when his mother lived in South Dakota and advocated for an eight-hour work day. Stanley describes moving to Butte, Montana, with his mother and siblings and attending high school there. He recalls becoming interested in socialism when he was in high school and checking books out of the public library on the subject. Stanley reminisces about starting a strike of the newspaper boys in Butte, of which he was one. He tells how the strike was resolved and his later career as a teacher. Stanley discusses why he decided to change careers and become a carpenter as well as his involvement in the carpenters union. He reflects on the history of labor and labor unions, both in Butte, Montana, and in the larger United States. The audio for this interview is very poor. This transcript represents the audible portions.
Butte, Montana; Labor history; Twentieth century labor; International Workers of the World [IWW]; One Big Union [OBU]; Carpenters unions; Socialism; Communism
Butte Oral History Project, OH 098, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
OH 098-042, 043, 044
3 sound cassettes (03:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (38 p.: 28 cm.)
Stanley, Henry, "Henry Stanley Interview" (1980). Butte Oral History Project. 21.