Illegal Detroiters

Ashley Johnson, doctoral candidate in the history department at Northwestern University, delivers a talk entitled, "Illegal Detroiters: Undocumented Europeans and Unions in America's Motor City, 1924-1942." Johnson describes the influx of European immigrants, legal and illegal, and the impact they had on the growing auto industry, unionization, and the growth of Detroit and Michigan. She uses two immigrants as examples of common hiring practices and the work life of early auto workers and describes how each came into the country and embraced unionism. She answers questions from the audience and is introduced by Michigan State University Professor John P. Beck. Part of the "Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives" Brown Bag series co-sponsored by the MSU School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, the MSU Museum, and the Motorcities Automobile National Heritage Area. Held in the MSU Museum Auditorium.
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Michigan State University. Libraries
G. Robert Vincent Voice Library Collection
Michigan, Detroit, Michigan, Detroit, Michigan, Detroit, Michigan, and Detroit
Subject Topic:
Immigrants, Automobile industry and trade, Automobile industry workers, Labor unions, Automobile industry workers, and Social conditions
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