On The African Waterfront
The first-ever complete biography of Hollywood legend Sam Spiegel reveals the inner world of the man who produced The African Queen, On the Waterfront, Lawrence of Arabia, and other great American films. 50,000 first printing.
During the 1910s and 1920s, the Philadelphia waterfront was home to the most durable interracial, multiethnic union seen in the United States prior to the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) era. For much of its time, Local 8's majority was African American and included immigrants from Eastern Europe as well as many Irish Americans. In this important study, Peter Cole examines how Local 8, affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), accomplished what no other did at the time.