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Angie Coiro - In Deep Radio live at Kepler's

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 12:00  p.m. 

Click HERE to register for this free event.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Show starts promptly at 12:00 p.m!


Featured Guests: 

Harvey Schwartz,  Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers' Oral History

Moving beyond familiar accounts of politics, celebrity engineers, and designers,Building the Golden Gate Bridge gives the voices of the workers themselves center stage. The survivors vividly recall the hardships, hazards, and victories of constructing the landmark span during the Great Depression.

Labor historian Harvey Schwartz has compiled oral histories of nine Golden Gate Bridge workers. Their powerful recollections chronicle the technical details of construction, the grueling physical conditions they endured, the small pleasures they enjoyed, and the gruesome accidents some workers suffered. The result is an evocation of working-class life and culture in a bygone era.

Schwartz also features women: two nurses who cared for the injured and tolerated their antics, the wife of one 1930s builder, and an African American ironworker who toiled on the bridge in later years. 

All these powerful stories are accompanied by stunning photographs of the bridge under construction. 

An homage to both the American worker and the quintessential San Francisco landmark, Building the Golden Gate Bridge expands our understanding of Depression-era labor and California history and makes a unique contribution to the literature of this iconic span. 

Harvey Schwartz is curator of the Oral History Collection, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Library, San Francisco. He is the author ofSolidarity Stories: An Oral History of the ILWU.




Event date: 
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 12:00pm
Event address: 
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025-4349