Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University, KHE_5206_B22F4_Feinberg
Letter from Leon Davis, President of Local 1199, to Judge Feinberg regarding the court case of Juan P. Farinas, July 12, 1971.
What workers do Local 1199 represent?
Why is this union taking an interest in the Juan Farinas case?
What is the purpose of this letter from Local 1199?
Judge Feinberg is a member of what court?
What has already happened to Mr. Farinas?
What are the thoughts of Local 1199 on the Vietnam War?
Learn more about the Nixon administration’s relationship to American labor unions during 1970-1972 by investigating the speeches listed in the resource links below. Write a statement from the viewpoint of a labor union, responding to one of the Nixon speeches.
Research the draft that was in place during the Vietnam War and the protest that surrounded it. Compare it to the volunteer army of today.
Language Arts: Create vocabulary cards for the following terms: appeal, reduction, petition, offensive, defray.
Math: Have the students create a budget for a typical family of four. Ask students to think about how Mr. Farinas’s family could have met their living expenses in 1972.
Albert, Judith Clavir, and Stewart Edward Albert, eds. 1984. The Sixties Papers: Documents of a Rebellious Decade. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishing, 1984.
Gitlin, Todd. The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage. New York: Bantam, 1987.
Stone, Geoffrey R. 2005. Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism. New York: W.W. Norton, 2004.
Wells, Tom. 1994. The War Within: America’s Battle over Vietnam. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.