This is a week late, but every day is Labor Day as far as I’m concerned. So here are some songs celebrating the working people.
“Bread and Roses” by Judy Collins
“Gonna Be An Engineer” by Peggy Seeger
“Helplessness Blues” by Fleet Foxes
“I Guess I Planted” by Billy Bragg & Wilco
“Joe Hill” by Paul Robeson
“More Than a Paycheck” by Sweet Honey in the Rock
“9 to 5” by Dolly Parton
“Talking Union” by The Almanac Singers
“Working Class Hero” by John Lennon
I’m trying to make this a more regular feature, but until that time, enjoy some earlier Resistance Mixtapes:
Author: Candice Millard
Title: River of Doubt
Narrator: Paul Michael
Publication Info: Books on Tape (2005)
The River of Doubt, or Rio da Dúvida, was the actual, dramatic name of a river in Brazil’s Amazon region that is now called the Roosevelt River. Fresh off his failed attempt to return to the Presidency as the Progressive “Bull Moose” Party candidate, Theodore Roosevelt conducted a scientific expedition for the American Museum of Natural History to explore this remote river in 1913-14. Brazil’s greatest explorer Cândido Rondon joined Roosevelt as leader and were accompanied as Roosevelt’s son Kermit, a naturalist, and 15 porters. This book describes the adventure along the river that was plagued by waterfalls and rapids that required frequent portages, disease, loss of food and supplies, and the threat of the indigenous peoples, the Cinta Larga, tracking the expedition. One member of the party drowned, one was murdered, and the murderer was abandoned by the party in the jungle. Roosevelt himself suffered injuries and illness that brought him close to death and expressed the wish to be left behind. It’s a harrowing story that despite happening in modern times seems to be from a more distant era.