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One Big Union: Ralph Fasanella

Film by Jack Ofield
Produced by Jack Ofield
Cinematographer: Jack Ofield, Kenneth Hoare
Sound: Sara Marks
Editing: Jack Ofield
Copyright: Original 1983 Bowling Green/Jack Ofield
12 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1983
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Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) "the painter of the labor movement" grew up in New York's Little Italy. He was fascinated by the struggle the working class endured both before his time and during his life.

For three years in the 1970s, Fasanella lived in Lawrence while he transformed huge canvases into colorful scenes of the city’s industrial past. Fasanella’s paintings tell the story of Lawrence’s workers in the early 20th century, in particular during the 1912 Bread and Roses strike. The event, which was instigated by the city’s textile factory laborers after unjust wage reductions, is described by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO as “one of the most prolific strikes in United States history.”


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