Mapping the Labor History of the Pacific Northwest

Labor Landmarks of the Pacific Northwest

This collaborative map marks more than one hundred sites of important strikes and labor events from the 1880s to the present. Click the markers to see photos and descriptions of each event. Developed by Conor Casey, Labor Archivist, UW Libraries.

 

Seattle's General Strike of 1919

Many of the events of January and February 1919 took place in the downtown and waterfront sections of Seattle. Click to see photographs of strike events, and to see the offices and headquarters of the Central Labor Council, Union Record, Metal Trades Council, IWW, Socialist Party, Cooperative Union Market, Japanese Labor Association, and other unions and cooperatives.

 


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Seattle's Hoovervilles and shack towns

Here are the locations of eight shack towns that housed homeless people in the Seattle area in the 1930s. The largest, known as "Hooverville," was on Elliot Bay near the present site of Qwest stadium. Click to see this interactive google map and accompanying photos and descriptions of each site.

 

Seattle's Racial and Ethnic Populations

Here are maps showing the residential distribution of African Americans, Japanese Americans, Chinese Americans, Native Americans, Filipinos, Latinos, Jews, and other populations from 1920 to the present. Slideshows map the segregation and desegregation of King County.

 

Seattle's Longshore Workers History 1886 to 2002

This interactive map shows the location of key events in the history of Seattle waterfront workers beginning in 1886. Click the markers to see photos and descriptions of each event.

 

Major Public Works Projects in Washington State

This interactive map shows the location of a selection of bridges, dams, highways, airports, and other major construction projects built by the Public Works Administration and the Works Progress Administration during the 1930s. Click the pins to see pictures and learn about projects Zoom closer using the google tools.

 

New Deal Public Works Projects in King County

This interactive map shows the locations and photos of federally funded public works projects in King County in 1933 and 1934. Included are construction projects, food and clothing banks, park and landscaping work. Click to see this map and accompanying photos and descriptions of each site.

 

Unemployed Citizens League Seattle Branches

This interactive map shows the Seattle locations of the the Unemployed Citizens League which established self-help commissaries and demanded jobs and relief services for the unemployed. The politically powerful organization enrolled thousands of members from 1931-1934. Click to see this map and accompanying photos and descriptions of each site.

 


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Industrial Workers of the World Activity 1905-1920

These interactive maps locate more than 1,800 strikes, campaigns, arrests, and vigilante events involving the Industrial Workers of the World from 1905 to 1920. A second set maps more than 900 local unions affiliated with the IWW with filtering by industry and date of operation. (These visualizations are hosted on our companion IWW History Project).

 

Socialist Party Activity 1900-1940

Here are more than a dozen interactive maps and charts that show the geography of Socialist Party activity. One set maps electoral support, showing the number and percentage of votes for SP candidates in every county across the country. Another set displays SP membership by state and year, in both maps and charts. A third database maps the location of 380 newspapers associated with the Socialist Party. Finally we map the towns and cities that elected socialists to public office between 1904 and 1920. These are interactive maps that can be filtered on a number of variables while providing detailed information about places, publications, periodicals. (These visualizations are hosted on our companion project, Mapping American Social Movements).

 


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Communist Party membership and support 1920-1948

Here are several maps and charts that show where the CP was active and where party support was concentrated. We show changing party membership by region and follow county by county and election by election the number of votes won by CP candidates. In close detail, CP activities in Chicago are mapped.(These visualizations are hosted on our companion project, Mapping American Social Movements).