Item no. 28058
New York
Occupation: Entertainment and sports
Collection: Wagner Labor Archives

This songbook was issued in 1934 by the Workers Music League of the Communist Party USA, and includes revolutionary and traditional songs. Note the cover's revolutionary colors, and the multi ethnic, international composition of the soldier-workers. In the early 1930s, the Workers Music League sought to produce aesthetically complex music for the masses, drawing on elements of American and international folk music.  

This image accompanies the audio recording of "Talking Union," one of twenty songs you can listen to in the exhibit Labor Sings! Songs from the 1930s and 1940s, featuring highlights from the extraordinary compact disc collection by Ron Cohen and Dave Samualson, Songs for Political Action.

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