Ayn Rand's Defense of an Anti-Union Massacre
by Greg Mitchell
The screenwriter and novelist was inspired by the 1943 memoir of Republic Steel head Tom Girdler, in particular his refusal to apologize for collaborating with Chicago Police to crush a march of striking steelworkers and their families in 1937.
Buried Footage Helped Chicago Police Get Away with Killing 10 Labor Activists in 1937
by Greg Mitchell
Paramount's newsreel division shot footage of the murderous attack on a steelworkers' march in 1937. They sided with the bosses by burying the footage. Even after Senator Robert LaFollette pushed for the film's release, cities banned it from the screen as Chicago prosecutors ruled the killings justifiable. A new documentary tells the story of the film.
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