Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Edmund Eisenscher's Milwaukee Union Photographs

Edmund Eisenscher's Milwaukee Union Photographs at the WHS. "...The Eisenscher gallery showcases 133 photos taken by Edward Eisenscher (1909-1995), photographer for the 'Wisconsin CIO News.' Today only about 11 percent of American workers belong to a union. But when Eisenscher was working, more than a third of working Americans were union members. Milwaukee was one of the nation's leading manufacturing centers and, after four decades of socialist government, one of its strongest union communities, too. Residents considered labor unions a basic part of the social fabric like schools and churches. Eisenscher's images document the role unions played in people's lives during this vanished era."


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