Civil Rights and Labor History Consortium / University of Washington

Ron Magden talks about the Canwell Committee

On January 29, 1994 the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies brought together ILWU veterans, Pacific Northwestern activists, and academics to honor and remember the legacy of Harry Bridges and the tradition of dissent he inspired on the waterfront.

Ron Magden’s passion for teaching and writing about Pacific Coast longshoremen has spanned many decades. He is author of many books, including The Working Waterfront, and A History of Seattle’s Waterfront Workers. Magden has been crucial to the development of this on-line history project. A full interview with him can be viewed in our oral history section, and his photo collection can be viewed in our image repository.