Interview with Thomas Yagi, session 2 of 2 (12/19/1989)

Interview with Thomas Yagi conducted by Michi Kodama-Nishimoto and Warren Nishimoto on 12/19/1989 in the KHET studio Honolulu, Oʻahu as part of the Hawaiʻi Political History Documentation Project. ILWU official traces his union activities from steward to division director. He speaks in detail of the 1952 union consolidation, and the Democratic party-ILWU affiliation. Other topics include: how the ILWU endorsed political candidates based on their positions on labor issues; attempts of the Democratic party to distance itself from the ILWU in 1954 because of the dock strike and talks of communism; relationship with Jack Hall and the differences between local and international union issues; changes in ILWU politics and membership over time with decreases in understanding of labor history, direct experiences of struggle, and of ILWU's political power; and memories of various politicians' relationships with the ILWU including Gov. John Burns, Mayor Eddie Tam, Hiram Fong and Elmer Cravalho. Interview spans 4 videotapes. Transcript is available

Languages: English


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