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David Selvin oral history
Labor Archives and Research Center
Schwartz, Harvey
Selvin, David, 1913-
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
San Francisco State University, Labor Archives and Research Center
California Revealed from Labor Archives and Research Center, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University
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Selvin's parents immigrated from Russia to Tooele, Utah in 1909, drawn by family ties to the Jewish agricultural community which had settled in the central part of that state. Selvin's father maintained a store in predominately Mormon township of Tooele and also served as a senator in the Utah state legislature. David moved to California to attend college, receiving his undergraduate degree in Commerce and Master's in Labor Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. An observer of the 1934 Pacific Coast longshore and general strikes, David authored a definitive history of those events, A Terrible Anger in addition to many other works on labor history. A career as a labor journalist, author and public relations consultant spanned decades and brought Selvin in contact with many key figures in the West Coast labor movement. The oral history also includes a discussion of his World War II service and work on the Berkeley Interracial Committee and the California Federation for Civic Unity.
Audio cassette
Oral histories
7 Tapes of 7
Oral History Collection
csfst_000028_t1; csfst_000028_t2; csfst_000028_t3; csfst_000028_t4; csfst_000028_t5; csfst_000028_t6; csfst_000028_t7
Labor union leaders--California
Labor unions--California--History
Longshoremen's Strike, San Francisco, Calif., 1934
Stevedores--Labor unions--California--San Francisco
World War, 1939-1945
California Federation for Civic Unity
San Francisco (Calif.)
Labor Archives and Research Center, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University
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