In Labor’s Corner: Political Cartoons By Ben Yomen Paperback – November 18, 2007
by Ben Yomen (Author)
In Labor’s Corner contains a rare and historical collection of political cartoons from the 1940’s by Ben Yomen who masterfully depicted workers’ issues, goals, and dreams in the most decisive years of the union movement in America.
I am in Labor’s Corner
By John L. Jones on November 24, 2007
This is a great book of political cartoons depicting some of the American labor movement’s tense struggles in a simple, humorous way.
These cartoons were drawn by free-lance cartoonist, Ben Yomen, and were printed in many, many labor publications across the country such as those of the garment workers, auto workers, steel workers, communication workers, and transportation workers. These cartoons captured the issues so well that editors for the AFL-CIO and the Railroad Brotherhood publications once called Yomen America’s most popular labor cartoonist.
There is no other collection of political cartoons like this in the world. This one-of-a-kind book is Yomen’s snapshot of labor’s struggles during the bleak war years of the 1940s along with those of tense racial issues of the 1960s. These were some of the most decisive years in the labor movement. While the boys and gals were fighting enemies overseas, dad and mom fought their own battles for decent working conditions and decent pay here at home.
Through these cartoons, you glimpse the uncertainty American labor faced in the last century that we in the present take for granted. They show the day-to-day struggles labor faced from heavy-handed corporations and anti-labor individuals in government, as depicted by Congressman Dripp. This book captures the hopes and dreams of the average American worker of the 1940s that is still the core for labor struggles today, both in America and abroad.
These cartoons are treasures and should be in American History books. It is a wonderful collection of one man’s work. I bought one copy of In Labor’s Corner and then came back and got 2 more for gifts! If you get it, you’ll see why it’s best to be In Labor’s Corner too!
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 18, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9.8 x 7.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces