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Better Schools for a Better America

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Summary:This film traces the history of the labor movement's fight for free public education throughout the history of our nation. From the 1820's when the Workingmen's Party made free public education a major plank a=of its platform to the turn of the century when the AFL called for state laws making school attendance compulsory, the trade union movement has demonstrated its belief that education is the bulwark of democracy. The film also documents the current school problems - the shortage of classrooms, unsafe school buildings, low salaries for teachers, overcrowded classrooms, high school students deprived of a college education because of lack of money.
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Repository:Historical Manuscripts
Browse terms:Economics, Business, Commerce, Labor
Collection:Digital Collections
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