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Civil Rights and Labor History Consortium / University of Washington

Map: Unemployed Citizens League Branches, Seattle

Founded in West Seattle in 1931, the Unemployed Citizens League (UCL) became in just a few months an important political force in Seattle and beyond. The organization had two goals: establish self-help cooperatives where unemployed men and women could exchange labor; and develop a political organization that politicians could not ignore. Within months the organization had branches throughout Seattle and nearby cities and claimed a membership in the tens of thousands.

This google interactive map shows the location of most of the Seattle branches. It is based on information from "Self-Help Activists: The Seattle Branches of the Unemployed Citizens League" by Summer Kelly. Patrick Kelly built the map. Click on dots for information and to see photos (dark red dots). Light blue dots mean that we have not found an exact address.