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May 28, 2009

ULS digitizes labor cartoons

The University Library System (ULS) has digitized and mounted online work by former United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) staff cartoonist Fred Wright.

The web site, “Drawing on the American Labor Movement” (, features the entirety of Wright’s “Labor History” series in addition to a sampling of his other works.

Wright’s “Labor History” cartoon series first appeared in the UE News from 1956 to 1961. These cartoons were a collaboration of Wright and James Lerner, a photographer and reporter for the newspaper. 

This series of 177 cartoons describes some of the conflicts and hardships faced by workers during the American labor movement, from the colonial period to the Vietnam War.

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